By Mickey Friedman,Barbara Scales

One of the few publicly identified communists within the South, Junius Scales geared up fabric staff, fought segregation, and was once the single American to be imprisoned below the club clause of the Smith Act throughout the McCarthy years. This compact collective memoir, outfitted on 3 interconnected oral histories and together with a ancient essay by means of Gail O'Brien, covers Scales's organizing actions and paintings opposed to racism within the South, his revolutionary disillusionment with get together paperwork and dogmatic stress, his persecution and imprisonment, in addition to his family's radicalism and reaction to FBI hounding and blacklisting.

 

Through the unique views of Junius, his spouse Gladys, and his daughter Barbara, this booklet deepens and personalizes the tale of yankee radicalism. Conversational, intimate, and particularly available, A purple Family bargains a distinct examine the yank communist event from the interior out.

 

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