Her section on HUAC, known also as the Dies Committee
, after its chair, Representative Martin Dies, Jr.
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 Dies Committee certainly should be encouraged rather than denounced.
On the subject of Martin Dies, Morgan has no use for the man himself ("a Southern racist" with "a crude and blustering manner, a venal nature, and a second-rate mind"), but states flatly that "the Dies Committee
uncovered a wealth of important information on front groups and Communists in government, creating a database for its successors.
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 defeat of Murphy," President Roosevelt declared, "was brought about by the Dies Committee and its sensationalism in investigating the sit-down strikes.
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.
The advent of the Dies Committee
on Un-American Activities (also known as the House Un-American Activities Committee, HUAC) in May 1938 and its subsequent intense media coverage transformed the hitherto obscure Dies into one of the most visible figures of the day By December 1938, Dies boasted a 74 percent public approval rating, 19 points higher than that of Roosevelt.