A Gathering of Fugitives
American Political Expatriates in Mexico 1948-1965
249 pp. Original Paperback
6" x 9" ISBN 1-931122-03-2
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During the 1950s, more than sixty American families, including mine, sought refuge in Mexico during the so-called McCarthy era. These political expatriates—individualists, idealists, visionaries, informers and spies—are a compelling group. While some of these lives have been extensively documented, most have not, but deserve to be. The FBI called them the ACGM, the American Communist Group in Mexico. Among their ranks were Spanish Civil War veterans, ‘undesirable’ U.S. resident aliens, Communist Party organizers, Hollywood activists, ‘unfriendly’ witnesses at congressional hearings, and a handful who maintained an underground apparatus of the C.P.U.S.A. (Communist Party of the United States of America.)
As a child, and even later, I was oblivious to all this. I had no secrets; my parents said nothing. If people asked, "Why did your family leave New York and move to Mexico?" I couldn’t say: "My parents were Communists fleeing McCarthyism," because I didn’t know that. Not until their deaths a few years ago would I confirm my suspicions that they were, in fact, part of this group.
Gathering of Fugitives tells this community’s story for the first time.
". . . this
is an excellent addition to the literature of Cold War America."
Comments on Anhalt's A Gathering of Fugitives
"A fascinating exhumation
of a little-known group of American communists—idealists, artists, spies and
Hollywood types—who migrated to Mexican exile in the late 1940s and
1950s. Diana Anhalt tells their story—and her own—sympathetically but
—Dr. Harvey Klehr, Department of Political Science, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
lively personal account introduces us to the heretofore unknown story of
this struggling community. . . . It’s an important story—and Anhalt tells it
well—reminding us of the personal costs that political repression can
inflict upon its victims and their families."
Dr. Ellen W. Schrecker, Editor, "Academe," Bulletin of the Am. Assoc. of University Professors
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