“Empire Falls” from The American Ruling Class

This song is from the “alternate ending” of The American Ruling Class, a 2005 dramatic-documentary-musical that asks the question “does American have a ruling class?” This number performed at the end by the campers of the fictional Camp Thoreau covers many of the themes discussed in the film, which is entertaining, enlightening and unlike any I’ve ever seen.

The movie, which features Lewis Lapham, Robert B. Altman, James A. Baker III, Bill Bradley, Walter Cronkite, Barbara Ehrenreich,Pete Seeger, Lawrence H. Summers, Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., William Howard Taft IV and Kurt Vonnegut, is available to watch on Hulu.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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