The Fall of Red Hollywood

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780520243729
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939936 | DOI:
The Fall of Red Hollywood

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Hollywood's “blacklist” was simply the opening wedge in an all-sided assault against the now fading grandeur of Red Hollywood, a precinct once presided over by John Howard Lawson. Suggestive of the fall of the alliance between Red and Liberal Hollywood was that Walter Wanger “became one of a three man committee to enforce the blacklist.” Lawson was driven deeper into the “blacklist,” scurrying to secure an undetectable front so that funds would continue streaming into his shriveling bank account. Lawson was beginning to seem like a man without a country, uncomfortable in the United States and the Soviet Union alike. Lawson never published his book, which served to diminish understanding of the Red Hollywood he had done so much to construct—not to mention to weaken comprehension of his own life and career.

Keywords: blacklist; John Howard Lawson; Red Hollywood; Liberal Hollywood; United States; Soviet Union

Chapter.  9216 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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