[Marxism] Red Apple

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jan 12 11:11:38 MST 2014

Back in the 1950s, when an American Communist Party leader was deported 
to Britain on the Queen Elizabeth, The New York Daily News, wholly 
unsympathetic, captured him waving in a front-page photograph with the 
playful headline “Red Sails in the Sunset.”

Philip Deery, a history professor at Victoria University in Melbourne, 
Australia, takes a grimmer view of the human consequences of the Red 
Scare in the 1940s and 1950s in “Red Apple: Communism and McCarthyism in 
Cold War New York” (Fordham University Press).

He focuses on six individuals, including Lyman Bradley and Edwin Burgum, 
who taught at New York University; the writer Howard Fast; and O. John 
Rogge, who would become the lawyer for David Greenglass, whose testimony 
sent his sister and brother-in-law to the electric chair in the 
Rosenberg spy case.

“Their collective stories illuminate the personal costs of holding 
dissident political beliefs in the face of intolerance and moral panic,” 
Professor Deery writes, “and this is as relevant today as it was 70 
years ago.”

Sam Roberts, NY Times, Jan. 12, 2014

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