Aging Political Activists: Personal Narratives from the Old Left

By David P. Shuldiner | Go to book overview

Chapter Eight
I've Always Had a More Individualistic Approach to Things

[First interview with Jacob ("Jake") Goldring, conducted at his home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on June 22, 1990]

DAVID SHULDINER: Jake, what I'd like to do to begin this interview is to ask you point blank: In your lifetime, what would you consider to be the one identity that you'd most like to be associated with? If somebody asked you, "Who are you?" what do you think would be the thing you'd most want to be remembered for?

JACOB GOLDRING: Well, that's pretty hard to pin down, but I would think that it's the general overall feeling and activity that I've devoted to social issues, on many different levels, and many different aspects.

DS: And by social, would you specifically mean social activism?

JG: Social activism, absolutely.

DS: So, is it safe to say, then, that you might consider your political identity to be--not the only, but perhaps the most important?

JG: Well, my political identity was certainly a very important part of that. At certain times, it was the most important. Certainly, in the last two or three decades, it has not been the most important, although it has played a role. I don't know how further to define

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