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Video review of Red Channels


Here’s something from America’s not too distant past. Red Channels was published in 1950 by an anti-Communist group called Counterattack. The book is a blacklist of people who worked in the American media and entertainment industries. Red Channels ‘exposes’ 151 people, including Larry Adler, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, John Garfield, Dashiell Hammett, Lena Horne, Burl Ives, Gpysy Rose Lee, Burgess Meredith, Arthur Miller, Zero Mostel, Dorothy Parker, Edward G Robinson, Pete Seeger, Sam Wanamaker, Orson Welles. The book is an example of McCarthyism and reveals the hysteria felt about Communism in post-World War II America. A scary, scary book.

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Richard Davies

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