Thirty Years of Treason: Excerpts from Hearings Before the House Committee on un-American Activities 1938-1968

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The testimony that the author has gleaned for this book from the thirty-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee focuses on HUAC's treatment of artists, intellectuals, and performers. This highly readable and absorbing collection of significant excerpts from the hearings shows with painful clarity how HUAC grew from a panel that investigated possible subversive activities in a "dignified" manner to a huge, unrelenting accusatory finger from which almost no one was safe. This book serves as a ...

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The testimony that the author has gleaned for this book from the thirty-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee focuses on HUAC's treatment of artists, intellectuals, and performers. This highly readable and absorbing collection of significant excerpts from the hearings shows with painful clarity how HUAC grew from a panel that investigated possible subversive activities in a "dignified" manner to a huge, unrelenting accusatory finger from which almost no one was safe. This book serves as a warning for the future and creates living history from the documentary record. "The basic document with which all future studies of the [House Un-American Activities] Committee will have to begin." —Dalton Trumbo "...what he has done is give us HUAC as spectacle, and the perspective is shattering."—Victor Navasky, The New York Times

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Bentley is better known for writing about the theater, but here he culls numerous records from the House Un-American Activities Committee, which grilled Hollywood writers and actors, among others. Bentley gleans excerpts from those sessions from 1938 to 1968 and includes testimony by Ayn Rand, Gary Cooper, Ring Lardner Jr., Sterling Hayden, Lillian Hellman, Arthur Miller, Zero Mostel, Tom Hayden, and more. Portraying a dark chapter in our nation's history that needs to be remembered, this 1971 volume could do double duty in history and theater collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670003846
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/1973
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xxiii
Foreword xxv
1938
The Federal Theater Project 3
Hallie Flanagan 6
An Affidavit from Upton Sinclair 48
1947
The Eislers 55
Gerhart Eisler 57
Ruth Fischer 59
Hanns Eisler 73
"Communist Infiltration of the Motion-Picture Industry" 110
Ayn Rand 111
Adolphe Menjou 119
Robert Taylor 135
Ronald Reagan 143
Gary Cooper 147
John Howard Lawson 153
Edward Dmytryk 165
Emmet Lavery 169
Ring Lardner, Jr. 184
Bertolt Brecht 207
Louis J. Russell 225
1948
"Proposed Legislation to Curb or Control the Communist Party" 247
Arthur Garfield Hays 248
James Burnham 272
1951
"Communist Infiltration of Hollywood" 291
Larry Parks 308
Sterling Hayden 348
Edward Dmytryk 376
Jose Ferrer 407
Budd Schulberg 434
1952
Michael Blankfort 461
Elia Kazan 484
Edward G. Robinson 496
Clifford Odets 498
Lillian Hellman 533
Abe Burrows 544
A Voice from the Future 569
"Plea for an Anti-Communist Faith" 569
1953
The Infiltration of Harvard 575
Robert Gorham Davis 577
Daniel J. Boorstin 601
Granville Hicks 612
Hollywood and Broadway, Continued 625
Jerome Robbins 625
Lionel Stander 634
Lee J. Cobb 653
A Letter from Albert Einstein 667
Testimony of a Bishop 669
G. Bromley Oxnam 670
1955
Song and Dance 683
Pete Seeger 686
Zero Mostel 708
1956
"Unauthorized Use of United States Passports" 725
William Uphaus 728
Paul Robeson 770
Arthur Miller 791
1957
"Communism in the Metropolitan Music School" 829
Earl Robinson 831
1958
The New York Shakespeare Festival 847
Joseph Papp 847
1966
"Assistance to Enemies of the United States in Time of Undeclared War" 859
Richard Mark Rhoads 860
Steven Cherkoss 868
1968
"Subversive Involvement in Disruption of 1968 Democratic Party National Convention" 879
Tom Hayden 879
Rennie Davis 896
Dave Dellinger 910
Afterword 933
Appendix 1 House Un-American Activities Committee Membership 1938-1970 955
Appendix 2 The Measures Taken, By Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler 959
Appendix 3 A Statement by Paul Robeson 977
Index, with a Note on How to Find Things 981
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