Ironically, the image today most often associated with this period is the congressional investigations of Hollywood that began before McCarthy came on the scene, when screenwriters, actors, directors, and producers were dragged before the House Un-American Activities Committee
and asked to "name names" of colleagues who had Communist ties or sympathies.
In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee
opened hearings into alleged Communist influence and infiltration in the U.
From the wry, farcical baseball humor in "The Great American Novel" that builds up to the intercession of the House Un-American Activities Committee
, to the cruel marital tragedy and treachery of "My Life as a Man", to the intriguing story of a smart and adventurous man pushing the bounds of erotic possibility in "The Professor of Desire", each classic work explores a different facet of the subtext constantly running beneath the human condition.
And tangled up with that was the famous House Un-American Activities Committee
(HUAC) trial of 1953, where, afraid for his own career, he named the names of friends in the Communist Party, of which he'd been a vague member for a short time.
It's 1960 in front of the San Francisco courthouse where hearings by the House Un-American Activities Committee
are to take place.
Daisy's eccentric husband, Walter, is a writer of radio serials with a secret communist past that could get him called before the House Un-American Activities Committee
, barring his future employment.
With our songs of fellowship and international solidarity, the lefty, top-of-the-charts Weavers were fair game for the House Un-American Activities Committee
and its minions.
As the Cold War, in general, and the spirit of intolerance epitomized by the inquiries of the House Un-American Activities Committee
(HUAC) and Senator Joseph McCarthy, in particular, began to grip national and domestic politics, the space for protest and dissent would become decidedly more cramped.
To date, little has been written about the many African American actors, entertainers, activists, artists, and labor leaders of color who were blacklisted and watched by the House Un-American Activities Committee
This forced the Civil Rights groups she studies to either modify and moderate their positions, or face political persecution at the hands of the House Un-American Activities Committee
, the FBI, the Subversive Activities Control Board, and other federal agencies, as the Civil Rights Congress and its leaders, including William and Louise Patterson and Paul Robeson, did.
Miller grappled with the weightiest matters of social conscience in his plays," swooned our Paper of Record, "and in them often reflected or reinterpreted the stormy and very public elements of his own life--including a brief and rocky marriage to Marilyn Monroe and his staunch refusal to cooperate with the red-baiting House Un-American Activities Committee
She did not need the added attention and "commy" labels during a mayoral administration framed by, what Thomas Kessner reminds us was, the era of the Cold War mentality, the fears that led to the excesses of the House Un-American Activities Committee
(HUAC), of the new conservatism, and of the passing of insurgency politics.