Legacy of a False Promise

Legacy of a False Promise The Compelling Story Of A Teenage Girl Caught Up In The Throes Of The McCarthy Era Margaret Fuchs Was Thirteen In June 1955 When She Learned That Her Parents Had Been Communists While Working For The U.S Government In The 1930s And 40s This Book Chronicles The Years During Which Her Parents Were Exposed And Her Father Was Subpoenaed Before The House Un American Activities Committee Eventually He Named Names, And Subsequently Lost His Job As A Law Professor At American University, And Was Blacklisted From Teaching Ever Again Legacy Of A False Promise Also Details The Author S Quest As An Adult To Learn Whether Or Not Her Parents Ever Spied For The Soviet Union Based On Eight Years Of Research Using Family Records, FBI Files, American University Archives, Personal Interviews, And The Recently Declassified Venona Cables, Legacy Of A False Promise Offers Unique Insights Into The McCarthy Era Most Red Diaper Babies Who Have Written On The Subject Had Parents Who Refused To Give In To HUAC S Demands Singer S Work Instead Recounts The Shame And Series Of Betrayals That Her Father S Decision To Name Names Brought To Her Family Further, It Explores The Campaign Of The Liberal Anti Communist Movement To Publicize Its Political Position While Defending A Fired Ex Communist Professor, The Nature And Activities Of Secret Communist Underground Cells, And The Motivation Of New Deal Government Workers Who Spied For The Soviets This Is A Poignant Meditation On Family Secrets, Father Daughter Relationships In Times Of Crisis, Teenage Loneliness In The Midst Of Trauma, And The Effects Of Parents Actions On The Lives Of Their Children It Also Serves As A Timely Reminder Of The Dangers Of Sacrificing Civil Liberties In The Name Of National Security. Margaret Fuchs Singer was thirteen years old when her college law professor father was asked to testify before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee regarding Communists working in the federal government She did not know that both her parents used to be members of the Communist party.Legacy of a False Promise A Daughter s Reckoning is her recounting of that period of her life Sometimes books such as this tend to be not so well written, and a bit dry, but Fuchs writes a powerful, interesting story of her search for the truth about her parents.Fuchs parents worked in the federal government in the 1930s and 1940s while members of the Communist party While they believed in their cause, they still kept their politics hidden from their employers, something that I found intriguing Singer writesMy father did not see in his Party membership a conflict of loyalties or a threat to the United States, but, instead, a way to participate in the nation s economic and social recovery p 117 That seems to me like a rationalization If you believe you are truly doing good, you wouldn t have to hide your beliefs.The Fuchs attended meetings, recruited other Communist Party members as federal employees, and reported back to a man higher up in the Party When they became discouraged by events in Russia, they left the party While they thought they had left it behind, when the government held hearings before Congress in the 1950s, Herbert Fuchs was called as a witness.The gover
I have read this book twice and highly recommend it It is suspenseful even when read the second time , starting with the first paragraphs where the author s father discloses that he and her mother had been members of the Communist Party in the 30s and 40s, and because of this, he has been subpoenaed to testify in front of the House Un American Activities Committee HUAC He and her mother could be taken away, incarcerated or worse Most difficult of all, this 13 year old is admonished that there may be publicity, and not to discuss this with anyone On another level, this is a story about a teenage girl and her relationships with her family members Adolescence is complicated under the best of circumstances, but the fear and shame that came with her father s disclosure made life much complex for this girl Ms Singer does a great job of sharing her thoughts as a teenager and how she and her family coped with their new world In the second half of the book, when as an adul
This is an important book It deals with basic values integrity, truth, courage, and compassionate respect and tells the story of one woman s life long struggle to maintain fidelity to those values even as she comes face to face with the tabooed reality behind her much admired father s coerced betrayal of those same values as he named names before HUAC and condemned his family to social ostracism, shame, and fear of exposing the truth Margaret Singer s gentle, at times even lyrical, voice compels the reader to listen carefully as one is drawn initially into her adolescent and later her adult efforts to balance her love and respect for her parents with her tumultuous feelings of betrayal, shame and anger that come with having to endure the pain of social isolation, the familial contract to hide the unspeakable traumatic tragedy that engulfed them all, and the emotionally disfiguring effects on a family s life that come from a father s having to betray the
This is a memoir of Margaret Fuchs Singer Margaret is what they called a Red Diper Baby She is the child of parents that were members of the Communist Party They worked in the government at the time Eventually they were exposed and appeared before the House Un American Activities Committee During this time period Margaret was a teenager She was told not to talk to anyone about this So she pretty much kept everything that was going on in her family to herself She didn t have anyone to talk to about all this A

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  • Hardcover
  • 264 pages
  • Legacy of a False Promise
  • Margaret Fuchs Singer
  • English
  • 11 September 2017
  • 9780817316747