Lowell P. Beveridge

From the author:

I came of age in New York City just after the end of World War II. My world was middle class, white, and Ivy League. This was a time of hope and prosperity for most Americans, but not for Blacks and Reds who were excluded and persecuted. I joined the Progressive movement in protest, then joined the Communist Party and married Tee, an African American, thus becoming both Black and Red and provoking opposition from family, college, the army, and the FBI

When the Feds started taking notice of my allegedly subversive activities one of their agents put his finger on the heart of the problem when he noted in my file that,” the subject made frequent trips into the Harlem Section of New York to demonstrate his active belief in racial equality.” When it became evident that I was going to act on this belief, my uncle wrote, “Your marriage plans have already set off a chain reaction of vicious and uncontrollable forces which is beginning to tear our hitherto close knit family group apart.”