Red Diapers : Growing up in the Communist Left
Suckled on the milk of communism, stirred by the strains of the Internationale, inspired by a vision of the collective future, red diaper babies occupy a unique place in American history.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 society's most deeply held values. How red diaper children have come to terms with their political inheritance is the theme of this compelling anthology.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.
- Hardback | 336 pages
- 160.5 x 237 x 30mm | 791.26g
- 01 Oct 1998
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
"Runs the gamut, chronicling childhoods loved and hated, parents revered and feared, politics embraced and avoided. The book's 46 essays are lively and heartfelt. The mix brings forth an intensely moving collection of American histories." -- Eleanor J. Bader, Lilith