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The Resource A good American family : the Red Scare and my father, David Maraniss

A good American family : the Red Scare and my father, David Maraniss

Label
A good American family : the Red Scare and my father
Title
A good American family
Title remainder
the Red Scare and my father
Statement of responsibility
David Maraniss
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
David Maraniss captures the pervasive fear and paranoia that gripped America during the Red Scare of the 1950s through the story of his family's ordeal, from blacklisting to vindication. Elliott Maraniss, David's father, a WWII veteran who had commanded an all-black company in the Pacific, was spied on by the FBI, named as a communist by an informant, called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, fired from his newspaper job, and blacklisted for five years. Yet he never lost faith in America, and emerged on the other side with his family and optimism intact. In a drama that moves from the Depression and Spanish Civil War to the HUAC hearings and the end of the McCarthy era, Maraniss weaves his father's story through the lives of his inquisitors and defenders as they struggle with the vital twentieth-century issues of race, fascism, communism, democracy, and First-Amendment freedoms. A grandmother spy who worked for the FBI; a committee chairman who once belonged to the Ku Klux Klan; an uncle who joined the International Brigade to fight against Franco in Spain; a black civil liberties lawyer who equated defending American communists with the fight for black equality; a famous playwright who paved the way for Elliott from Brooklyn to radical politics at the University of Michigan; a disabled veteran on HUAC who later came to regard that period as "days of shame"--these are among the characters we encounter along Elliott's unforgettable journey. This book evokes the political dysfunctions of the 1950s while underscoring what it really means to be an American
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Maraniss, David
Dewey number
320.97309/04
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E743.5
LC item number
.M36 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Maraniss, David
  • Maraniss, Elliott
  • United States
  • Anti-communist movements
  • United States
Label
A good American family : the Red Scare and my father, David Maraniss
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-398) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Part one: Watching one another. The imperfect S ; In from the cold ; Outside the gate ; Red menace ; Wheelman wood ; "Negro, not niggra" ; A new world coming ; A brief Spanish Inquisition ; The runner ; Named ; Ace and Mary ; Fear and loathing -- Part two: In a time of war. Something in the wind ; Legless ; Know your men ; Why I fight ; In the blood ; The power of America -- Part three: Trials and tribulations. The Virginian ; Foley Square ; Committee men ; A good American family ; March 12, 1952 ; The whole pattern of a life ; Witches or traitors -- Part four: Five years. American wanderers ; Epilogue: Second acts
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
416 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781501178375
Lccn
2018030144
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • on1099925965
  • (OCoLC)1099925965
Label
A good American family : the Red Scare and my father, David Maraniss
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-398) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Part one: Watching one another. The imperfect S ; In from the cold ; Outside the gate ; Red menace ; Wheelman wood ; "Negro, not niggra" ; A new world coming ; A brief Spanish Inquisition ; The runner ; Named ; Ace and Mary ; Fear and loathing -- Part two: In a time of war. Something in the wind ; Legless ; Know your men ; Why I fight ; In the blood ; The power of America -- Part three: Trials and tribulations. The Virginian ; Foley Square ; Committee men ; A good American family ; March 12, 1952 ; The whole pattern of a life ; Witches or traitors -- Part four: Five years. American wanderers ; Epilogue: Second acts
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
416 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781501178375
Lccn
2018030144
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • on1099925965
  • (OCoLC)1099925965

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