More than half a century later, Ann Fagan Ginger has no intention of forgetting the pain and toll of the McCarthy era. Fear and suspicion of communism forced her husband’s resignation from a coveted Harvard University faculty position, led her to give birth shortly afterward as a hospital charity patient and eventually contributed to Ray Ginger’s death from acute alcoholism.

“It ruined marriages, careers and relationships of all kinds,” said the 84-year-old lawyer-activist, who founded and directs the Meiklejohn Civil Rights Institute in Berkeley, Calif.

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