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The Resource Un-American activities : a memoir of the fifties, Sally Belfrage

Un-American activities : a memoir of the fifties, Sally Belfrage

Label
Un-American activities : a memoir of the fifties
Title
Un-American activities
Title remainder
a memoir of the fifties
Statement of responsibility
Sally Belfrage
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "My mother was a mere English eccentric, but my father was a Red and so in trouble all the time, if not in jail," writes Sally Belfrage early in Un-American Activities. "The phone was tapped from the minute I could talk on it, and the FBI had been at the door since I was tall enough to turn the knob. ... When my teens began it dawned on me: that the only untried, unheard-of, truly original ambition I might pursue was to be normal. Let the Reds take on injustice and get persecuted for their pains
  • Let the Beats in Greenwich Village reinvent Bohemia. Let the bunch of them get seasick on the waves they made. Me, I'd be conventional!"
  • Un-American Activities is the story of Sally Belfrage's desperate, and often desperately funny, attempt to be conventional in the fifties - something that seemed to come naturally to most people. Sally had the basic equipment (blond hair, blue eyes), but attending a largely Jewish school, with her father - Cedric Belfrage, editor of the National Guardian - under attack from Joe McCarthy, and with her parents, both English, under constant threat of deportation, she had her work cut out for her
  • Fortunately she latched on to a trusty guide - downstairs neighbor Debbi-with-an-i Giglio, drum majorette and aspiring airline stewardess, a girl who "had her kick pleats down pat."
  • Throughout, Un-American Activities is animated by the tension between Sally's deep love for her father and her Herculean efforts to distance herself from the consequences of his politics. "Schizophrenia can be kid stuff if you learn it as a kid," as she says
  • This tension - peaking when she gets pinned to a West Point cadet - makes her memoir an enormously affecting father-daughter story as well as a lively portrait of the fifties as seen through teenage blue eyes, from the Bomb to bobby sox, from the Rosenberg case to the poodle skirt
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1936-
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Belfrage, Sally
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Belfrage, Sally
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Radicalism
  • New York (N.Y.)
Label
Un-American activities : a memoir of the fifties, Sally Belfrage
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
29549414
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
263 pages
Isbn
9780060190002
Lccn
93045827
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1273922
Label
Un-American activities : a memoir of the fifties, Sally Belfrage
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
29549414
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
263 pages
Isbn
9780060190002
Lccn
93045827
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1273922

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