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Red Diapers: GROWING UP IN THE COMMUNIST LEFT
University of Illinois Press, 1998
Cloth: 978-0-252-02161-9 | Paper: 978-0-252-06725-9
Library of Congress Classification HX83.R44 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 335.4092273
ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Red Diapers is the
first anthology of autobiographical writings by the children of American
communists. These memoirs, short stories, and poems reflect the joys and
perils of growing up in a subculture defined by its opposition to some
of society's most deeply held values. How red diaper babies have come
to terms with their political inheritance is the theme of this compelling
Some contributors have fond
memories of family activism; others recall the past with ambivalence or
even pain. The authors range in age from their twenties to their eighties.
Some, such as Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein and sixties activist Bettina
Aptheker, are widely known themselves; some are the children of well-known
American leftists, including Jeff Lawson, son of blacklisted screenwriter
John Howard Lawson, and Robert Meeropol, son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
In disparate voices, the contributors elaborate on how their parents attempted
to pass on to them the torch of radical politics.
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