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1. This folksinger/songwriter and member of The Weavers, notable for his work to save the Hudson River, was blacklisted in 1953. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 94.
2. The screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted in 1947, as part of the Hollywood Ten, for refusing to answer questions posed by the House Un-American Activities Committee as to his role in the Communist Party. He spent 11 months in prison for contempt. Which of these movies was NOT credited to him until the blacklisting was lifted in 1960?
3. Another blacklister was Ring Lardner, Jr., son of the humorist Ring Lardner. In a comment attributed to Miklos Vamos, a Hungarian writer and professor, Lardner won an Academy Award for an unknown movie and refused to identify it. Why?
4. The ecdysiast Gypsy Rose Lee was a member of the Communist Party.
5. An FBI informant testified that this composer was "director of the local communist John Reed Society" while a student at Harvard. Although the FBI had a dossier on this composer of "West Side Story" since the 1930s, they were never able to prove he was, in fact, a member of the Communist Party. Who was he?
6. In 1941 during a cartoonists and animators strike, which studio head took out an ad in trade magazine "Variety", declaring the cause to be "Communist agitation"?
7. A former Disney employee and one of the strikers supposedly taking action because of "Communist agitation" moved on to "The New York Star", a fledgling newspaper. It was here, as their political cartoonist, he sketched out what became his greatest creation. What was this groundbreaking strip?
8. The writer and social activist Langston Hughes was another listee in the pamphlet Red Channels. Among his perceived Communist supportive actions was a poem which the pamphlet defined as "a typical example of vicious and blasphemous propaganda Communists use against religion. '100 Things You Should Know About Communism'. Un-Am. Act. Com., p.46, 47." What poem was it?
9. Well-known for movies like "Citizen Kane", you might not have expected to find an actor of the caliber of whom listed in Red Channels?
10. The father of actor James Earl Jones was among those snagged by the widely-flung nets of the HUAC. James Earl Jones noted in his autobiography that his father "had been called up because of his involvement with the leftist movement in the late 1930s". Who was he?
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