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The first time I saw Peggy Seeger

08 February, 2018

Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl at Newport Folk Festival in the early 60s

• YOUR review of Peggy Seeger’s memoirs brought back my memory of when I first saw her in the 1950s at the Islington branch of the Young Communist League (Folk Tales, February 1).

It was the Cold War era and the horror of the death of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (who had two young children) by electric chair in July 1953, for what was thought to be trumped-up charges of stealing nuclear bomb secrets for the USSR, was still fresh in the mind.

Aged 18 or 19, she was standing up for the Rosenbergs and for all those persecuted for their political views in the US. It was such an act of bravery in a Britain that was beginning to mark people who didn’t think politically as they thought they should.

WILSON JOHN HAIRE
Lulot Gardens, N19

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