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The Socialists of Shoe City

A film by E. Philip Brown

America’s current interest in Socialism is not a new phenomenon. Socialism’s original rise in popularity came from boiling over worker’s grievances during the Industrial Revolution. Haverhill, Massachusetts is one of the first American cities to embrace Socialist reforms in resistance of pursing greater corporate profits. 

“The Socialists of Shoe City: America’s First Socialist Municipal Government Haverhill, MA 1898-1912” recounts Socialist efforts in turn-of-the-century America . Viewers will have a new perspective on the current political environment after watching this film. It may be hard to believe, but Socialism is as American as apple pie!

Associated Members

E. Philip Brown, Producer


We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture