Blacklist Established

Blacklist Established

The heads of several major Hollywood movie studios gather at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York to respond to recent hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee, or HUAC. Several prominent writers, actors and directors – a group that would later become known as the Hollywood Ten – refused to testify at the hearings about their alleged ties to the Communist Party. At the Waldorf, the studio heads decide they will refuse to hire anyone with Communist connections or anyone who won’t testify before HUAC. This is the first official formulation of a blacklist.3

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