Aging Political Activists: Personal Narratives from the Old Left

By David P. Shuldiner | Go to book overview

Chapter Nine
Those Influences Remain, and They're a Part of My Heritage

[Second interview with Jacob ("Jake") Goldring, conducted at his home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on July 6, 1990]

DAVID SHULDINER: Jake, I indicated to you that I wanted your response to the initial interview. Let us begin with your critique, what you felt about the initial interview, what you thought needed amplification, what you thought was missing.

JACOB GOLDRING: With my limited experience with oral interviews, I thought that on the whole it was a very good interview. I thought that your questions and follow-up, in an effort to delve into my answers a little more thoroughly, was very competently done. I might throw in a few suggestions--I don't know if you can call that a critique--[about] where there might be more amplification. For example, it seemed to me that one might have asked, near the beginning, a little more [about] not how I came to join the Communist Party [but] why I became interested in socialism. I think, since some people didn't and some did in that period, why did I? That might have been amplified a little bit. Or, for example, in the current period, one of the follow-ups you might be interested in trying to do today is not only our current interest in socialism, but how does that reflect on our children? Since you were interested [in] whether our parents had any influence, whether we in turn have any influence on our children. Do they have any interest in socialism? Have we made any impact on them in any direction? Or are we disappointed, in that

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