This is a very good biography of a very unusual woman. Grace Holmes Carlson was born of German and Irish working-class Catholic parents in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was formed by the Irish nuns who taught her in elementary school, high school, and college, by her experiences in graduate school at the University of Minnesota during the Depression, and by her study of Marxism and her life in the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party (SWP) between the late 1930s and her resignation from that organization in 1952. She campaigned tirelessly as a SWP candidate for governor, congressperson, senator, and vice president, while serving on the party's National Committee and writing and speaking continually in support of social, racial, and gender equality. When she rejoined the church in the early 1950s and went to work at a Catholic junior college, she remained committed to these causes she had embraced early in life....

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