Just in case you wondered what the few remaining communists
in America are getting for their children:
On the other hand, the historic San Francisco doll I'm planning to create was a lifelong radical. She grew up in North Beach, and came of age during the labor tumult of the mid-20th century. She was a union leader and a member of the Communist Party who was then called before the House Un-American Activities Commission in San Francisco in 1957. In case you hadn't guessed, she is based on someone I know: My great aunt Angela Ward.
My daughter can have a new doll, get to know a long-dead relative, and learn all about the Communist witch hunts. Plus, I think her Un-American Girl will come with those key accessories for any plaything under subpoena: A copy of the Fifth Amendment (free) and a good lawyer (prices vary).
What a brilliant idea, and the line can clearly be expanded over time. There's the Squeaky Fromme doll, that comes in a red riding hood, with a swastika carved in her forehead, and a tiny pistol that doesn't quite fire. Or the Karen Silkwood doll, which glows in the dark. Or the Erin Brockovich doll which promptly sues you the moment you buy it.