Red Diaper Baby (Google eBook)

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Douglas & McIntyre, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 184 pages
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In this engrossing memoir of his childhood in the 1940s and 1950s, James Laxer tells an unusual story. During his growing-up years, both of his parents were dedicated members of the Communist Party. From an early age, Laxer was collecting signatures on ban-the-bomb petitions, delivering Party flyers door to door and attending eccentric left-wing Camp Naivelt.

Dramatic, humorous and full of period detail, Red Diaper Baby offers a rare look at the McCarthy years through the eyes of a child. It also illuminates Laxerís evolution into one of Canadaís leading left-wing intellectuals.
  

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Contents

Prologue
1
A SCHOOL DAY
3
MELITA STREET
17
THE SECOND SECRET
29
THE THIRD LIE
51
THE GRANDFATHER I GOT TO KNOW
67
THE FAMILY DIVIDE
81
THE PLACID FIFTIES
93
THE PARTY LINE
115
AT CAMP WITHOUT A PADDLE
121
UNCLE JOE
133
DREAMS AND POLITICS
147
ESCAPE FROM A SPIRITUAL GULAG
163
AFTERWORD
175
Acknowledgements
183
Copyright

MUSKOKA
105

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About the author (2005)

Author of fifteen previous books, James Laxer is a professor of political science at York University in Toronto. He is well known for his frequent media appearances and newspaper columns. In 1988, he won a Gemini award for his work on Reckoning: The Political Economy of Canada, a series of NFB films. Long active on the left, Laxer was a leader of the Waffle Movement in the NDP, and in 1971, he ran second to David Lewis for the national leadership of the party. His most recent book is The Border: Canada, the US and the Dispatches from the 49th Parallel. A devoted runner, he takes to the road six days a week.


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