edited by Judy Kaplan and Linn Shapiro
contributions by Carl Bernstein, Bettina Aptheker, Jeff Lawson and Robert Meeropol
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

      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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