American Dream

Barbara Kopple's lucid, detailed, and heartbreaking 1989 documentary about the protracted labor disputes at the Hormel Company in Austin, Minnesota, during the mid-80s, which ultimately turned the workers of Local P-9 against one another. Kopple uses this story to elucidate a more general picture of what's been happening to trade unionism and working people in this country since corporate greed took over—particularly in the areas of job security, decent wages, and fairness. This Academy Award-winning movie tells you everything practical that Roger & Me never got around to explicating. 98 min.

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