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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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