A Granddaughter's Rite of Passage: Tales from the McCarthy Era

 
9780981866147: A Granddaughter's Rite of Passage: Tales from the McCarthy Era
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This journalistic-memoir is both a poignant family story as well as a fascinating look at the effects of the McCarthy Era. Through interviews and research Gilgoff addresses the topics of activism and gender roles, cultural judaism, unions, and more. Interviewees include, Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and Tony Kahn, an award-winning broadcaster, author, and son of Gordon Kahn who was a blacklisted screenwriter. Along with a historical and cultural perspective, the book shows how children and grandchildren of the McCarthy Era, through organizations and personal efforts, are doing much to help others improve their lives.

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Julie Gilgoff has been a freelance writer for the past five years and has published articles in Newsday, Georgetown Journal on Law and Poverty, and The Jerusalem Post. She has worked as an elementary school teacher and volunteered in Nicaragua as an Environmental Education Peace Corps Volunteer. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College, majoring in History. Gilgoff currently resides in the Bay Area of California.

Review:

It has been over fifty years since the end of the McCarthy era, but the impact of the blacklist has not gone away. Julie Gilgoff s compelling memoir about her grandfather Max Gilgoff, a Brooklyn, New York high school teacher, gives us a highly personal, insider s view of that Scoundrel Time and its aftermath. --- from review by Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum, Tikkun

Julie Gilgoff has written an homage, or tribute, to her grandfather, Max Gilgoff, and her father, Henry Gilgoff. The title makes reference to Max but the dedication is to Henry, who continues to bring inspiration to those who loved him."... This book chronicles her effort to uncover the truth about Max s teaching career, his work as an American Labor Party activist in New York City, his role as civil rights advocate, and his efforts to defend himself against McCarthy Era charges of being a Communist Party member whose goal was to recruit his students into the party and to bring about the downfall of Capitalism. Hounded by a school board and superintendent charged with eliminating disloyalty among its teachers, Max [Gilgoff] died of a heart attack at age 38 in 1952. His teaching colleague and good friend, Terry Rosenbaum, was fired in 1954. Neither was a member of the Communist Party. - --from review by John Coyne, Peace Corps Worldwide

Julie Gilgoff has written an homage, or tribute, to her grandfather, Max Gilgoff, and her father, Henry Gilgoff. The title makes reference to Max but the dedication is to Henry, who continues to bring inspiration to those who loved him."... This book chronicles her effort to uncover the truth about Max s teaching career, his work as an American Labor Party activist in New York City, his role as civil rights advocate, and his efforts to defend himself against McCarthy Era charges of being a Communist Party member whose goal was to recruit his students into the party and to bring about the downfall of Capitalism. Hounded by a school board and superintendent charged with eliminating disloyalty among its teachers, Max [Gilgoff] died of a heart attack at age 38 in 1952. His teaching colleague and good friend, Terry Rosenbaum, was fired in 1954. Neither was a member of the Communist Party. - --from review by John Coyne, Peace Corps Worldlwide

Julie Gilgoff has written an homage, or tribute, to her grandfather, Max Gilgoff, and her father, Henry Gilgoff. The title makes reference to Max but the dedication is to Henry, who continues to bring inspiration to those who loved him."... This book chronicles her effort to uncover the truth about Max s teaching career, his work as an American Labor Party activist in New York City, his role as civil rights advocate, and his efforts to defend himself against McCarthy Era charges of being a Communist Party member whose goal was to recruit his students into the party and to bring about the downfall of Capitalism. Hounded by a school board and superintendent charged with eliminating disloyalty among its teachers, Max [Gilgoff] died of a heart attack at age 38 in 1952. His teaching colleague and good friend, Terry Rosenbaum, was fired in 1954. Neither was a member of the Communist Party. --- from review by John Coyne, Peace Corps Worldlwide

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