Red Diapers: Growing Up in the Communist Left

Red Diapers: Growing Up in the Communist Left is the first anthology of autobiographical writings by "Red Diaper Babies" — children of communist or other radical-left parents. Edited by Judy Kaplan and Linn Shapiro, it consists of memoirs, short stories, and poems. Among the 40 authors are such well known figures as journalist Carl Bernstein, feminist writer Kim Chernin, scientist Richard Levins, and author/activist Robert Meeropol (son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg).

The book has been widely praised by some of the major figures of 20th century radical politics, reviewed in radical and academic periodicals, and used as a textbook in radical history courses at Pennsylvania State University and East Stroudsberg University, as well as being reviewed by the mainstream media.


Publishing information

  • Kaplan, July; Shapiro, Linn, eds. (1998). Red Diapers: Growing Up in the Communist Left. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-02161-4. Archived from the original on 2004-12-10. Retrieved 2004-11-27.
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