The Red Corner

The Red Corner

by Verlaine Stoner McDonald
The Red Corner

The Red Corner

by Verlaine Stoner McDonald

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With local savvy and the detective skills of a first-rate scholar, Verlaine Stoner McDonald splendidly re-creates the �Red days� of radical politics in the Depression-hit farm country of northeasternmost Montana. This extraordinary chapter of Montana history, little known at best and often deliberately obscured, at last has found its clear true voice.
Ivan Doig, author of Bucking the Sun: A Novel and
This House of Sky: Landscapes of the Western Mind

The Red Corner chronicles the meteoric rise and decline of Communism on the prairies of northeastern Montana. During the 1920s and early 1930s, Sheridan County boasted a government largely run by Communists, a Communist camp for local youth, and an official newspaper of the Communist Party USA�the Producers News. By the mid-1930s, however, Communist influence in the region had waned, and area residents soon came to regard the county�s embrace of Communism as a shameful period in its history.

Through meticulous research in newspaper accounts, oral histories, FBI reports, and internal Communist Party files, author Verlaine Stoner McDonald reveals the colorful stories of such influential local Communists as newspaper editor and state senator Charles E. �Red Flag� Taylor and his comrade, county sheriff Rodney Salisbury, who was allegedly involved in graft, prostitution, and bootlegging. In so doing, she offers insights into how this remote part of the West came to be home to one of the nation�s most successful rural Communist organizations and how it eventually rejected radicalism and reconstituted itself as a typical farming community.


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940149324422
Publisher: Montana Historical Society Press
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 256
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Verlaine Stoner McDonald is a professor in the Department of English, Theatre, and Speech Communication at Berea College. She grew up on the Sheridan County farm homesteaded by her great-grandparents and now lives in Berea, Kentucky, with her family.

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