Pedigo discusses the impact of his upbringing on his own radicalization during the 1930s. Pedigo's mother died when he was quite young and he was raised primarily by his father and older siblings. Here, he explains how his father was a Republican and a fundamentalist Methodist—two distinctions that made him stand out from the majority of working people in the community. Pedigo recalls being inculcated with very liberal ideas regarding race and labor as a child, but also asserts his understanding that such views went against the grain of social expectations.