At Home in Utopia

From the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, the DVD At Home in Utopia:

During the 1920s, thousands of immigrant Jewish factory workers in New York succeeded in building cooperative apartment houses that they owned and ran themselves. They didn’t just talk about change… they lived it. For them, it was imperative. For their children, it was glorious. Through the Great Depression, a World War, and well into the 1950s, they championed workers and tenants rights, breaking down the social barriers of ethnicity and race.

Against the backdrop of an international cooperative movement, At Home in Utopia tells the story of the most militant of these apartment complexes, the United Workers Cooperative Colony, aka the Coops…the Coops was for a few years the largest cooperative “house” in America, accommodating 2,000 people… 

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