Saturday Art: Vintage Authors: Dalton Trumbo

By: Saturday July 5, 2014 12:30 pm

If he had written no other words in no other fields, Dalton Trumbo has to be considered an influential author for the book Johnny Got His Gun. First published in 1939, I read it early in my college years, at the height of the Vietnam War, while I was still considering a career in the US Army.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Edward Renehan, Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist

By: Saturday June 14, 2014 1:59 pm

I was a protégé  of Pete Seeger for over 40 years, and like the author of today’s book, Ed Renehan, a friend of both Pete & his amazing wife, Toshi. Ed’s book, Pete Seeger vs. the Un-Americans, explores Seeger’s interaction with the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC for short), colloquially known as the McCarthy Hearings, after Senator Joe McCarthy, who presided over the Committee for many years.

“Are You Now or Have You Ever Been–?” Marking HUAC’s Foray Into Hollywood

By: Monday October 21, 2013 3:20 pm

The Blacklist. Sixty-six years ago the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) began a nine day hearing on Communist influence and propaganda in Hollywood, resulting in the boycotting, or blacklisting, of 300 actors, directors, radio commentators, and  screenwriters. Those called before HUAC had been named in a Hollywood Reporter column written by the trade paper’s founder, Williams Wilkerson entitled “A Vote For Joe Stalin.” In subsequent columns, Wilkerson named others he suspected of being commies and pinkos.

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