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The Hollywood 10
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In the spring of 1947 the House Committee on Un-American Activities (better known as the House Un-American Activities Committee, or HUAC) began conducting a well-publicized investigation of Communists in the motion picture industry. By the fall, they were ready to hold public hearings. The American public paid close attention as a string of well-known stars, producers, writers, and directors were called to Washington, D.C., and grilled.

Pauling knew many of them through his work with ICCASP. At least one of them he considered a friend: Dalton Trumbo, "one of the most gifted writers in Hollywood," as Pauling described him. Trumbo refused to cooperate with HUAC’s investigation. Instead of answering questions, he submitted a written statement in which he described an atmosphere "acrid with fear and suppression" created by HUAC and other investigatory committees. Washington, D.C., he wrote, had become "a city in which old friends hesitate to recognize each other in public places; a city in which men and women who dissent even slightly from the orthodoxy you seek to impose, speak with confidence only in moving cars and the open air." When Trumbo tried to read his statement aloud, he was gaveled down. After the hearings, he and nine other non-cooperators were singled out for further legal action. They would become known as the Hollywood Ten.

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See Also: Obituary of Dalton Trumbo. September 11, 1976. 

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Hollywood Ten leaflet. 1950.

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Images of inquiries into Hollywood communism. May 19, 1951.

"The blacklist was a time of one on either side who survived it came through untouched by evil...[Looking] back on this will do no good to search for villains or heroes or saints or devils because there were none; there were only victims."

Dalton Trumbo
April 1970
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