Learn about the Hollywood Blacklist with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.It was November 25th, 1947.The place was the Hotel Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The President of the Motion Picture Association of America, Eric Johnson, was meeting with 48 film industry executives representing the major studios.The outcome was the joint release of a statement saying the Hollywood studios would not employ Communists. But it did not end there. They also agreed that those people identified as the “Hollywood Ten” should be fired or suspended without pay until they had publicly sworn that they were not communists, and were cleared of Congressional contempt charges.This was the official beginning of the Hollywood blacklist. But who were the “Hollywood Ten”? How had Tinsel town become a battleground for the Cold War?And who was prosecuting this hunt for communists in the American film industry?The “Hollywood Ten” were screenwriters, film directors and producers. These ten men had been subpoenaed to appear before the Congressional House Committee on Un-American Activities.
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"Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" That was the question that rocked Hollywood in the mid-20th century. Any history of Hollywood or the Cold War is incomplete without some working knowledge of the "Hollywood Blacklist", a list spurred by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (which was supported by future president Ronald Reagan, among others) designed to keep Communists and Communist-sympathizers out of work. This nine-minute audiobook, well-produced by iMinds and narrated by Luca James Lee, is intended to remind or introduce the casual listener to this important historical moment. To fill in your gaps in cultural knowledge, iMinds is a great place to start!
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