How I Became a Red

Broun, Heywood
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p59
This article presents information on how the author turned to a left-wing extremist. The first person to tempt me to the Left was a Vermont Republican named John Spargo who wrote mildly Marxian tracts years ago when I was very young. Had there been more violence in his views or in his presentation I might have scurried home, but he was as soft spoken as any curate and he succeeded in sneaking up on me. Later, retreat still lay open. It was a professor of the Harvard faculty and Tris Speaker, center fielder of the Boston Red Sox, who closed the door and left me locked in the hall of heresy. Faithful to the Harvard tradition of fair play, the professor gave the revolutionaries an ample amount of rope. Indeed, he did not undertake to state the case himself for the various aberrant philosophies, but invited a leader of each school of thought to tell all from his particular point of view.


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