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“Politics is the way you live every moment of your life”

A Red Family Book Review by Megan Trudell, May 2009 Mickey Friedman, University of Illinois Press “Politics”, Barbara Scales says at the end of this book, is “the way you live every moment of your life”. She knows what she is talking about. Her parents, Junius and Gladys Scales, were Communist Party (CP) members in […]

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The “S” Word & A Red Family

There is an extraordinary Alice in Wonderland quality to the current economic crisis. At a time when capitalism is revealing its greatest limitations, the biggest bugaboo still is the “S” word – socialism. Auto execs fly their private jets to Washington to beg for public money after decades of incompetence. AIG rewards those of its […]

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A Red Family: Junius, Gladys, and Barbara Scales Mickey Friedman University of Illinois Press Paperback 216 pages January 2009 ***** It is impossible to read this book without a sense of sadness. It is the story of a man who paid a high price for his convictions though wrongly accused, the wife who stood by […]

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Like so many others who grew up in the Civil Rights movement, I am amazed to see the triumph of hope and the desire for change trump racism.  As a political being, I find myself believing once more in the possibility of a fair America. As a writer, I am a bit taken aback that […]

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A Red Family

A Red Family: Junius, Gladys, and Barbara Scales by Mickey Friedman.  The University of Illinois Press. 2009. This is the story of a Red family: Junius, Gladys, and Barbara Scales.  Red in the older sense of the word.  Because, before there were red and blue states, there were the Reds, the Communists. Junius Scales was […]

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