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American Revolution 2 (1969)

| Documentary | 1969 (USA)
A gritty but essential documentary charting social turbulence in late 1960's Chicago. American Revolution 2 includes footage of the 1968 Democratic Convention protest and riot, a critique ... See full summary »

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Richard J. Daley ...
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Bobby Rush ...
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A gritty but essential documentary charting social turbulence in late 1960's Chicago. American Revolution 2 includes footage of the 1968 Democratic Convention protest and riot, a critique of the events by working class African-Americans in Chicago, and attempts by the Black Panther Party to organize poor, southern white youths on the city's north side. Written by Anonymous

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Rough but fascinating documentary about Chicago politics in 1968
15 June 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Very raw, rough documentary about the riots in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic convention, focusing on the unlikely alliance between the Black Panthers and a group of poor southern whites now living in Chicago calling themselves the 'Young Patriots' – complete with confederate flags.

Boring at moments, incoherent at others, but overall a fascinating capturing of a moment in history where there was the beginning of an understanding, now seemingly lost, that the real issue in America isn't race, but class.

A valuable reminder that the politics of the 60s were more complex than the cliché versions we see portrayed in modern popular culture.


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