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 House Un-American Activities Committee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The House Committee on Un-American Activities or HUAC (or, rarely, HCUA) (1945-1975) was an investigating committee of the United States House of Representatives.
The House Committee on Un-American Activities grew from a special investigating committee established in May 1938, chaired by Martin Dies and co-chaired by Samuel Dickstein, himself named in the Venona project as a Soviet agent.
The House abolished the committee in 1975 and its functions were transferred to the House Judiciary Committee. /wiki/House_Unamerican_Activities_Committee   (935 words)

 HUAC: May 1960 - The Events, The Aftermath - (House UnAmerican Activities Committee)
Unless the House Committee wishes to attack the integrity of the court or the jury that heard the Meisenbach case, it stands convicted of a grievous misstatement of fact regarding the manner in which the riot got under way.
We let the Committee do even worse things in California last year; it was one of the most shameful episodes in the history of this House.
When the executive committee voted the change in the bylaws last night, the Daily Cal staff was followed out in the resignation parade by editors of the Pelican, humor magazine; Blue and Gold, the yearbook; Occident, the literary publication, and the California Engineer. /stacks/AP_files/APHUAC60.html   (6164 words)

 The Hollywood Blacklist
The investigation of Hollywood radicals by the House on Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 and 1951 was a continuation of pressures first exerted in the late 1930s and early 1940s by the Dies Committee and State Senator Jack Tenney's California Joint Fact-finding Committee on Un-American Activities.
Even committee members struggled to keep a straight face when Ginger Rogers complained that her daughter "had been forced" to speak the subversive line "share alike, that's democracy" in a 1943 film scripted by Dalton Trumbo.
HUAC had to resort to citing the smiling children in Song of Russia (1944) and noting that Russian workers shouted "tovarich" (comrade) as American merchant ships that had run the Nazi submarine blockade entered a Soviet port in Action in the North Atlantic (1943). /~afilreis/50s/blacklist.html   (2611 words)

 What Happened at Berkeley
When an 18-year-old Cal sophomore was subpoenaed in April to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) at hearings in San Francisco in May, his colleagues in SLATE were able to mobilize students from Berkeley and other Bay Area schools to picket the hearings.
The California Un-American Activities Committee found the mere existence of SLATE to be evidence of subversion at Cal. The 1961 Report of the Senate Fact-Finding Subcommittee on Un-American Activities issued by the Burns Committee mentioned SLATE 30 times in the 67 pages on Cal. The report made headlines all over the state.
Nixon did just that, stating that he would expand the ban to include those who refused to testify before a legislative committee. /sixtiesprotest/berkeleytalk.htm   (5227 words)

The Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was originally established in 1937 under the chairmanship of Martin Dies.
The main objective of the HUAC was the investigation of un-American and subversive activities.
The HUAC and the courts during appeals disagreed and all were found guilty of contempt of congress and each was sentenced to between six and twelve months in prison. /USAhuac.htm   (1581 words)

 HUAC 8-5: The Hiss-Chamber Hearings
Chambers, you are aware of the fact that Mr.Alger Hiss appeared before this committee, before the Un-American Activities Committee, in public session and swore that the testimony which had been given by you under oath before this committee was false.
From there I am not absolutely certain the order of the houses, but it seems to me he moved to a house in Georgetown-that I know: he moved to a house in Georgetown-but it seems it was on the corner of P Street, but again I can't be absolutely certain of the streets.
I had the impression that the furniture in that house was kind of pulled together from here or there, maybe got it from their mother or something like that, nothing lavish about it whatsoever, quite simple. /faculty/projects/ftrials/hiss/8-7testimony[1].htm   (3263 words)

 Directory - Society: History: By Time Period: Twentieth Century: Cold War: Regional: United States: McCarthyism
House Un-American Activities Committee and Censorship  · cached · Article documenting HUAC's role in the blacklisting of suspected Communists in Hollywood and its attempts to influence the content of films produced in the late 1940s and 1950s.
HUAC, McCarthy, and the Reds  · cached · A brief, illustrated timeline of Joe McCarthy's life and the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Sites dealing with the anti-Communist campaign conducted in the United States during the Cold War, particularly the activities of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and Senator Joseph McCarthy. /default?p=134831   (581 words)

CHAPTER IV H.U.A.C. The term "subversive activities" generally refers to policies, actions and groups which have as their objective the overthrow of the American Constitution and our system of government.
The Committee's Chairman in 1939, Martin Dies from Texas, a conservative, tried at tiles to be fair-minded and earned a kind of grudging respect from my father.
Bankhead himself was not a liberal, but as Speaker of the House he had to represent the interests of the Roosevelt Administration. /~library/LibraryInfo/special/Voorhis/book1/chap4.html   (931 words)

 Elia Kazan Dies At 94
When he was called to testify, Kazan did what the committee wanted and informed on his friends and colleagues.
The only way to escape being blacklisted was to "name names", that is to give the committee the names of other people who were "Communists".
Elia Kazan was born in 1909 in Istanbul (then Constantinople) and came to the US with his family at the age of four. /cgi-bin/newspro/fullnews.cgi?newsid1064849680,17092,   (734 words)

 U.S. Mayors Articles Executive Director (12/22/97)
He then went on to attack the whole Committee for its activities and said, "I consider it an unamerican activity to pry into a person's private thoughts and to pry into a person's associates.
I consider that an unamerican activity." He repeatedly challenged the Committee by stating that it was unconstitutional and violated basic rights of citizens.
He publicly reprimanded Southern Committee members for denying blacks the right to vote and the right to economic opportunity through intimidation, fear for their lives and lynchings. /uscm/US_Mayor_newspaper/documents/12_22_97/documents/Dec__22__1997___To_The_Mayor_From_The_Executive_Director_012098.html   (1492 words)

 The Guardian
The House Unamerican Activities Committee, recognising that its time had come at last, led the charge, issuing one lurid press release or "official report" on the "Communist conspiracy" after another.
Two weeks ago I thought I had done enough on the Dies Committee and anti-Soviet propaganda, but last week's Guardian article on the Hollywood Ten reminded me that the hey-day of that Committee (more properly called the House Unamerican Activities Committee or HUAC) came when Martin Dies was no longer with it.
The Committee's new Chairman to replace Dies was J Parnell Thomas, but its most outspoken member was a Congressman from Mississippi, Representative John E Rankin, and it was clearly Rankin who called the tune. /garchve03/1134cult.html   (793 words)

 Great American History Fact-Finder - -House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)
The committee's 1948 investigation of the Hiss case brought Richard M. Nixon to national prominence.
Although the committee uncovered no wrongdoing, film executives refused to hire anyone on its blacklist, a practice that spread to stage, radio, and television.
Renamed the Internal Security Committee in 1969, it was abolished in 1975. /history/readerscomp/gahff/html/ff_093600_houseunameri.htm   (129 words)

 Remembering Slate
They were there to protest hearings by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC), which had subpoenaed a Cal sophomore along with four dozen others to face hostile questions about Communist activities, associations and affiliations, real and imagined.
Besides picketing HUAC, it took on such issues as the abolition of compulsory military training, required of all male undergraduates until June of 1962, the Speaker Ban, abolished in June 1963, and removal of racial restrictions from the charters of fraternities and sororities, present until 1964.
SLATE tried to educate the campus about "off-campus" issues such as nuclear testing, capitol punishment, fair housing and apartheid in South Africa, while addressing student concerns such as the quality of education. /sixtiesprotest/slate.htm   (873 words)

 Hollywood Ten Part 2
Upon his return he went before the House Un-American Activities Committee again, this time as a "friendly" witness, and his name was dropped from the blacklist.
He was first accused of communist activities by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.
Refusing to answer the HUAC's questions about his involvement in the Communist Party, Ornitz ended up as one of the famed "Hollywood Ten," in the company of such screenwriters as Ring Lardner Jr., Albert Maltz and Dalton Trumbo. /~mdomingu/hollywoodten2.html   (2101 words)

House Rules committee vetoed consideration of almost half the proposed amendments, including the bill that had passed in June as a stand-alone – Rep. Bernie Sanders’ “Freedom to Read” bill.
House and Senate are quickly heading toward resolution of the 16 sunset provisions of the USAP Act.
From Rights Working Group ( is a section on the Real ID bill, H.R. 418, that passed the House Feb 10, by a vote of 261-161: Part of their summary: “The asylum-related provisions of the Real ID Act would prohibit many individuals fleeing persecution from obtaining safe haven in the United States. /newsletter2005.html   (17157 words)

 A Short History of the University of California Speaker Ban
The House Un-American Activities Committee had called him a Communist organizer but he had neither denied nor admitted an affiliation.
Nixon said he would expand its scope to include "any individual who pleads self-incrimination [the Fifth Amendment] before a legally constituted legislative committee or grand jury investigating subversive activities" and "any individual who defies the provisions of the Subversive Activities Control Act of 1951." Kerr responded by stating that "the University is an open forum.
When he twice refused to testify at HUAC hearings, he was sentenced to one year in prison for contempt of Congress. /orgs/cwluherstory/jofreeman/sixtiesprotest/speakerban.htm   (1737 words)

 HUAC, McCarthy, and the Reds: McCarthyism and the Blacklist
1930s These years marked the beginning of governmental inquiry into what was seen as "the Communist problem." The Dies Committee and the State of California Joint Fact-finding Committee on Un-American Activities become the precursors to HUAC.
Shortly thereafter, McCarthy joins the Senate Housing Committee and goes on the road to speak out against public housing for veterans, extolling the benefits of the pre-fabricated home and offering it as an alternative.
Over the next three years McCarthy is a mainstay in the public eye, and he subpoenas some of the most prominent entertainers of the era (e.g.   (623 words)

He refused to answer questions before the committee, claiming the privileges of the first amendment, a position he denied to witnesses before his committee.
Sentenced to a year in prison, he spent the time in Danbury correctional facility, where he was housed with two HUAC witnesses who he had essentially put there.)
Wow, haven't heard that one since the HUAC hearings of the late '40's. /printthread.php?Board=UBB18&main=200633&type=post   (103 words)

 Free Audio Books / Blacklisted
From 1947 until his death in 1962, screenwriter Gordon Kahn, father of series producer Tony Kahn, was the target of harassment by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), denunciations by neighbors and "friends," and surveillance by the FBI and its chief, J. Edgar Hoover.
Kahn could have ended the ordeal by renouncing his leftist views and giving the investigators the names of others to be questioned.
The Audie Awards, honoring excellence in audio publishing, were presented in 23 categories the evening of May 6rd, 2003, in Los Angeles. /history/american/blacklisted.html   (1222 words)

 the end of the world is nigh
a small plane flew dangerously close to the white house and it (the white house) was evacuated: no one told bush (no joke) until later.   (2333 words)

 McCarthyism category on HistoryFizz UK
Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney testify before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee blaming Hollywood labor conflicts on Communist Infiltration.
Jack Warner, Ayn Rand and Louis B. Mayer testify before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee.
A brief, illustrated timeline of Joe McCarthy's life and the House Un-American Activities Committee. /Twentieth_Century/Cold_War/Regional/North_America/United_States/McCarthyism   (478 words)

 Hi. 130 - Historiography
Some old acquaintances gave me distant nods in the theatre lobby on opening night, and even without air-conditioning the house was cool.
Since HUAC and other anticommunist agencies often concentrated on suspected subversives in the education and entertainment fields, the debate over the meaning of "McCarthyism" spilled over from hearing rooms into Broadway plays, movies, popular songs, and television programming.
Most of the critics, as sometimes does happen, never caught on to the play's ironical substructure, and the ones who did were nervous about validating a work that was so unkind to the same sanctified procedural principles as underlay the hunt for reds. /dept/history/His130   (1294 words)

 Lawmaker won't say Pledge of Allegiance American flag represents nation of 'former slave owners' [Free Republic]
The speaker of the Tennessee House has allegedly sanctioned a lawmaker over her refusal to recite the "Pledge of Allegiance," as is customary at the start of each legislative session.
As I understand it, when she was asked to wait outside the House chamber, if she didn't want to recite the pledge, she said that request violates her constitutional rights.
Naifeh said he was merely interested in maintaining the decorum of the House, and said he had not ordered Brooks outside the chamber. /forum/a3b17e7346b3f.htm   (2296 words)

 Accuracy In Media - Media Monitor - Ann Coulter Demolishes Bill O'Reilly
Rather than being an innocent victim of McCarthy or even the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, the facts show that he spent time in prison for refusing to testify about Communist penetration of Hollywood.
It was the House of Unamerican Activities Committee.
He was in the Senate not the House. /publications/media_monitor/2003/08/11.html   (492 words)

 The New York Review of Books: HUAC
Now the Committee has subpoenaed eleven anti-Vietnam war activists, including the chairman of the Berkeley, California, Vietnam Day Committee, a faculty member at the University of California, and a journalist.
Serving no legitimate legislative purpose—the Committee has not produced a single major piece of legislation in years—HUAC exists only as an instrument to smear and intimidate those in our society who hold unpopular political views.
Regardless of what we think of the political views of those subpoenaed, we emphatically deny the right of the Committee to inquire into anyone's political beliefs and associations. /articles/12356   (344 words)

 BHL Research Topics: Effects of McCarthyism at U of Michigan
In 1954, three University of Michigan professors were asked to testify before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee regarding their alleged affiliations with the Communist Party.
United States House of Representatives, Subcommittee of the Committee on un-American Activities, Investigation of Communist Activities In The State of Michigan, 83rd Congress, 2d Session, Part 6.
Their responses to the committee and the subsequent reaction of the University constitutes an episode of higher education under attack by forces of conformity. /~bhl/bhl/topics/mccarthy.htm   (258 words)

 19) Tuesday, April 4. A Cold War at Home?
Hoover testifies before the House Unamerican Activities Committee in 1947 in a hearing to expose Communist infiltration into American life.
Following the fall of China to the Communists and the Soviet explosion of an atomic device ending the American nuclear monopoly, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy alleges in a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia on February 9, 1950 that communists had infiltrated the State Department. /~hius202/documents/Docs19.htm   (363 words)

 OJR article: The Legal Twists in Securing a Homeland
No, I'm not talking about the House Un-American Activities Committee; I'm talking about the Homeland Security Act.
A copy of the House version is available on the Select Committee for Homeland Security Web site.
On Tuesday, November 19, 2002, the U.S. Senate gave approval to the Homeland Security Act, officially following the lead of the House that occurred on November 13, 2002. /ojr/overing/1038425235.php   (1062 words)

Although most lawyers would agree today that the Fifth Amendment gave them tire right to choose this last option, the committee (and then the courts during appeals) did not agree.
All ten were held in (contempt and subsequently served between six and twelve months in jail, although one, Edward Dmytryk, later agreed to cooperate with the committee and did not serve his entire sentence.
The HUAC political investigations removed talented individuals from the system and affected the kinds of films being made while the new censorship systems began to splinter the audience from one mass group into smaller specialized groups. /palace/huac.htm   (1466 words)

 Red Channels
All those people named in the pamphlet were blacklisted until they appeared in front of the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and convinced its members they had completely renounced their radical past.
In its first three years of investigating the entertainment industry the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) managed to get a large number of people blacklisted for their political views.
On 22nd June, 1950, Theodore Kirkpatrick, a former FBI agent and Vincent Harnett, a right-wing television producer, published Red Channels, a pamphlet listing the names of 151 writers, directors and performers who they claimed had been members of subversive organisations before the Second World War but had not so far been blacklisted. /USAredC.htm   (287 words)

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