April 11, 2017. Cold War Hollywood

April 13, 2017. The Atomic West and Conservative Right  

  • *“What It’s Like to Live in Earth’s Most A-Bombed Area,” U.S. News and World Report, 1957 [USC Libraries Online]
  • *Ronald Reagan’s First Inaugural Address as Governor. January 1967.
  • *Todd Holmes, “The Economic Roots of Reaganism: Corporate Conservatives, Political Economy, and the United Farm Workers Movement,” 1965–1970,‖ Western Historical Quarterly 41:1 (Spring 2010): 55-80 [USC Libraries Online]

Weekly Assignment 

By Thursday, you need to have 1) read the above texts for discussion, and 2) watch the blacklisted film Salt of the Earth. You can watch the entire movie below. And 3) You are expected to revise the collaborative introduction for our project. We will discuss revision expectations on Tuesday.

Salt of the Earth

House Un-American Activities Committee Multimedia during the Great Depression & Cold War 

Above is a quick overview of the House Un-American Activities Committee History

Above is a talk show interview with John Wayne in the 1970s reflecting back on the Anti-Communist Hollywood Blacklists and his role in American Westerns during the Cold War

Above: Oral history clips taken from actors and screenwriters impacted by the Hollywood blacklist

Above, James Earl Jones performs an excerpt of Civil Rights leader and musical theater/ cinema star Paul Robeson’s House Un-American Activities Committee Interrogation

Rhae Lynn Barnes is an Assistant Professor of American Cultural History at Princeton University (2018-) and President of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. She is the co-founder and C.E.O. of U.S. History Scene and an Executive Advisor to the documentary series "Reconstruction: America After the Civil War" (now streaming PBS, 2019).

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