By Verlaine Mcdonald
The pink nook chronicles the occasions of the teenagers and Nineteen Twenties that left an everlasting mark at the quarter. Sheridan County used to be the positioning of an armed theft of $100,000 from the county treasury, a tender Communist camp, an adolescent's "Bolshevik funeral," and surveillance via FBI brokers who pursued a few radical leaders even into the Nineteen Sixties. The publication profiles a number of influential Communists together with a colourful newspaper editor who was once elected nation senator and later nationwide chairman of the Farmer hard work occasion, in addition to his comrade, the county sheriff, who was once allegedly enthusiastic about graft, prostitution, and bootlegging. regardless of its notoriety, the farmers' circulate turned one of many nation's so much winning rural Communist organisations in the course of the 1920s.
By the start of the melancholy decade, notwithstanding, Communism in northeastern Montana used to be crippled. The crimson nook information this unusual reversal of fortune by means of analyzing newspaper bills, FBI reviews, and inner Communist social gathering records, supplying insights on how routine come up, maintain themselves, and decline.
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My work began at the University of Southern California in the early 1990s where the chairman of my dissertation committee, Tom Hollihan, and committee members Randall Lake and Steven J. Ross conscientiously guided the project that would become this book. The completion of my degree made it possible for me to join the faculty of Berea College, an institution unlike any other, where I was eventually granted a sabbatical during which I wrote an early draft of the manuscript. Berea College also provided funding for my work at the Library of Congress and has always supported my aspirations as a teacher and writer.
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