A critical review of the 1947 HUAC hearings and the Hollywood Ten

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Kenny, Emmet
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BA (Hons) in Film Studies
Dublin Business School
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This dissertation looks at how in the aftermath of the Second World War, Hollywood became a prime target for the government forces of the conservative right. It shows how these forces through the House committee for Un-American Activities used the heightened public fear of the growing power of communist Russia as an opportunity to take down their political enemies on the left side of American politics. It will also look at the individuals who became their prime targets and the reasons behind why each of them was targeted. Finally this dissertation will show how the 1947 hearings affected each of their lives and especially careers. Author keywords: HUAC, blacklisting, Hollywood Ten