Less than 21 minutes: My interpretation: Tennessee white people got played by Communists during the Great Depression. Then, in the 1950s the Communists abandoned them and took up black causes.
This film is moving. It totally demolishes the idea that whites ever had any privilege other than to work themselves to death and then die.
The poor mountain people you see could be my immediate ancestors. My people lived exactly as shown in the film but maybe a hundred miles south of there in the Georgia mountains.
Published on Jul 25, 2017
“People of the Cumberland” demonstrates how education and the labor movement can transform an impoverished mining region and bring hope to its people. Celebrates the work of the Highlander Folk School, a progressive adult education center founded in 1932 in the mountain community of Monteagle, Tennessee. Made by activist filmmakers, the movie ends with a call for a “new kind of America.”.
USA Today published an article on the Highlander Folk School in 2013. It was shut down by Tennessee in 1962. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks had learned their agitation techniques at the school in the 1950s.