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By Bettina Aptheker

At 8 years outdated, Bettina Aptheker watched her family's politics play out in numerous dwelling rooms around the nation while her father, historian and U.S. Communist occasion chief Herbert Aptheker, testified on tv in entrance of the home on Un-American actions Committee in 1953. Born into some of the most influential U.S. Communist households whose buddies incorporated W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Bettina lived her mom and dad' politics witnessing first-hand the most dramatic upheavals in American heritage. She additionally lived with a negative mystery: incest by the hands of her well-known father and a daunting and lonely lifestyles lived within a house wrought with relations tensions.
A gripping and wonderfully rendered memoir, Intimate Politics is at its center the tale of 1 woman's fight to nonetheless the demons of her own international whereas turning into a debatable public determine herself. this can be the tale of early life sexual abuse, abortion, sexual violence, activism, and the overcome one's prior. it is approximately FBI harassment and persecution, Jewish history, and lesbian id. it really is, ultimately, in regards to the braveness to talk one's fact regardless of the implications and to damage the sacred silence of kin secrets.

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Together, we obeyed her. My father was charismatic, and a forceful personality given to fierce outbursts of righteous anger against injustice and betrayal of the Communist cause. S. Communist Party for his brilliant theorizing, and for his explosiveness, but his anger was never directed at me. It was my mother whose anger was closest to the surface, at least at home, and often directed at me. ” my mother would shout at me. “Stand up straight! ” I tried so hard to be good, to remember all of the things I was not to do, to do all of the things I was supposed to do.

I remember her as being friendly, always taking an interest in whatever writing or reading project I busied myself with while my father worked. I was an avid reader of Nancy Drew mysteries and I imagine that more than once I must have regaled her with plot details. She laughed a lot and encouraged me. As a young child, once I felt comfortable with someone, I was an energetic talker, and Elizabeth was a truly attentive listener. I remember her as one of the very few adults who related to me as an individual, rather than as an extension of my father.

At lunch, we left the office holding hands as we walked down Broadway toward one of the delis we frequented. I remember feeling proud and happy. S. foreign policy, and equally laudatory accounts of Soviet life. As editor of Political Affairs from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s, his editorials and articles provided the ideological bellwether of Communist thought. These editorials and articles were then published in books my father edited. S. foreign policy. A very typical example is his article “Imperialism and the [Atomic] Bomb,” in which he gave what he described as the real but hidden reason for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.

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