Red Diapers

Red Diapers : Growing up in the Communist Left

3.91 (23 ratings by Goodreads)
Edited by  , Edited by 

List price: US$54.00

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 160.5 x 237 x 30mm | 791.26g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252021614
  • 9780252021619

Review quote

"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, Lilithshow more

Rating details

23 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 26% (6)
4 43% (10)
3 26% (6)
2 4% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X