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NYT Bookshelf: Immigrants and Red Scare Case Studies

14th January 2014

Bookshelf  The New York Times

“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.”

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.”

Phillip 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. Read NYT article