During the New Deal era, he argues, the same expansion of the federal government that became a target for those on the right who trafficked in countersubversive rhetoric and tactics (such as quasi-fascist popular groups, like the Silver Shirts, or official bodies, like the Dies committee
) also became part of the expanding national security state, the raison d'etre of which was countersubversion aimed at both the left and the right.
Her section on HUAC, known also as the Dies Committee
, after its chair, Representative Martin Dies, Jr., is also eye opening.
To do so, she utilizes such hitherto neglected sources as the long-classified case files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; materials of the Senate's Special Committee on Un-American Activities, popularly known as the Dies Committee
; and Soviet archives from the period before World War II.
One of the few constructive acts of the last Congress was the commissioning of the Dies Committee
to investigate alleged subversive acts of individuals or groups against the United States and its form of government.
The FBI kept him under steady surveillance and, in the 1930s, he appeared before the House of Representatives' Dies Committee
(forerunner of the House Un-American Activities Committee).
Pundits widely acknowledged that, in the words of Scribner's Commentator, "the ultimate decision of Congress to scrap the Federal Theatre Project was due to the Dies Committee
and its accusations." The president, to be sure, never saw the theater program as a vital part of the New Deal, but HUAC's charges showed that the Committee was ready to go on the offensive.
One of the most compelling parts of your film is the depiction of the anticommunist crusades of the Congressional Dies Committee
, a full 12 to 15 years before McCarthy.
Pollster Elmo Roper is a "Henry Luce minion." Dies committee
He proposed at once to accept the invitation--the Dies Committee
had not used subpoena power on earlier witnesses--and informed his American co-thinkers in the Socialist Workers Party of his decision.
In Duffy's opinion the plays, neglected because of Dies Committee
and McCarthy witchhunts, have merit and deserve a reevaluation that "may lead theater historians and researchers" to seek out other "forgotten political plays of this era" (p.
It was also known as the Dies Committee
after its chairman, Rep.
Media coverage of the Dies Committee
on Un-American Activities is the topic of the next article, which shows partisanship over the administration of Franklin D.