COMMUNISTS: Sentimental Journey

Her father was a Congregationalist minister from Seville, Ohio. He was progressive, and even accepted Darwin's version of Genesis. As a little girl, Anna Louise Strong believed in a lot of things. First, she recalls, she went for the idea that every human being has a soulmate; but she never found one. Then she believed that she could crowd a thousand lives into one lifetime—to be "a North Pole explorer, a great writer, a mother of ten." She turned out to be none of these things.

She was a lonely child. Once a tornado whirled her from her parents' porch in...

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