#OTD20 | October 20, 1947

The Shadow over Hollywood: HUAC Hearings Begin

October 20, 1947: The House Un-American Activities Committee commences hearings into the alleged Communist infiltration of Hollywood.

Against the backdrop of the Cold War and rising fear of communist influence, the HUAC initiates investigations into Hollywood, aiming to root out alleged communist sympathizers.

These hearings lead to the infamous Hollywood Blacklist, where writers, directors, and actors are denied work in the industry due to real or perceived affiliations with communist ideologies.

The effects of the hearings are profound, leading to divisions, betrayals, and lasting impacts on the individuals involved and the entertainment industry as a whole.

The HUAC hearings represent a significant chapter in the American history, reminding us of the challenges of balancing security concerns with the preservation of individual rights and artistic freedom.

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Additional Resources

Access more information from Media Rich Learning and curated off-site sources.


Read "Walt Disney, Ronald Reagan and the Fear of Hollywood Communism" at the website of Time.

Free Speech Center

Learn more about the HUAC hearings at the website of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University.

National Archives

Examine documents from the House Un-American Activities Committee at the website of the U.S. National Archives.


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