Red Diapers: Growing up in the Communist Left

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Red Diapers is the first collection of autobiographical writings by children of American communists. These first-person memoirs, short stories, and poems reflect red diaper baby experiences spanning generations, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and geographical areas. This multi-author account of how it felt and what it meant to grow up Communist in twentieth-century America gives insight into the joys and perils of living in a subculture defined by its opposition to society's most deeply held values. Some of the...
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Overview

Red Diapers is the first collection of autobiographical writings by children of American communists. These first-person memoirs, short stories, and poems reflect red diaper baby experiences spanning generations, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and geographical areas. This multi-author account of how it felt and what it meant to grow up Communist in twentieth-century America gives insight into the joys and perils of living in a subculture defined by its opposition to society's most deeply held values. Some of the works speak of fond memories of family activism, others recall a past full of ambivalence and pain. In disparate voices, the contributors elaborate on coming to terms with a political inheritance of radical politics.
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Editorial Reviews

Stephen Schwartz
...too much is missing from this book, leaving it with the flavor of a wistful defense of what was, in the end, an atrocity.
Wall Street Journal
Meredith Tax
Not only does it address historical issues central of the Left, but also questions of concern to anyone who wants to know how a political subculture cna ben mainained and passed along, generation to generation, surrounded by a hostile environment....[It draws] no universal conclusions...
The Women's Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252067259
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Family Albums
Memories from the '20s 17
A California Girlhood 20
From Red Diapers to Protest Banners 27
Daughter and Granddaughter of the Finnish Left 33
Passage to Siberia 41
Teachings of Marx for Girls and Boys Infiltrates Alabama 45
An Ordinary Life 54
The Old Red Granny 61
December 1947 62
Commiebastid 70
Proletaria and Me: A Memoir in Progress 82
Southern Discomfort 90
Red Sisters of the Bourgeoisie 95
What Did I Know and When Did I Know It? 103
Black and Red All Over 110
When Life Was a Party 116
A Memoir 124
From Pledge of Allegiance 135
What's Red Hot and What's Not: Circa 1950s 139
American Heritage 140
The Little Red Superego 144
Pt. 2 Political Trauma as Personal History
Two Poems 157
From In My Mother's House 162
Mistaken Identities 167
Resuscitating Corpses: Memories of Political Exile in Mexico 176
Growing Up in Exile 184
Dead Men Tell No Tales 192
From Loyalties: A Son's Memoir 200
A Poisoned Childhood 204
Carry It Forward and Pass It On 210
The Rehabilitation of Howard Bruchner 214
Born Underground 224
Pt. 3 Claiming Our Heritage
The Life and Times of an Elderly Red Diaper Baby 231
Why Didn't I Question? 237
Three Generations of Activists 246
A Child of the Old, Old Left 249
Touch Red 257
Secrets of the Susan Ann 266
Cookies and Communism 272
The Weight of Inheritance 278
From Woolworth's to Managua 286
Cheering for Khrushchev and Other Childhood Memories 290
Proud to Be Working Class 295
"So Here I Am" 303
In My World 308
Really Normal 311
Glossary 317
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