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The Final Victim of the BlacklistJohn Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten$
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Gerald Horne

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520243729

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520243729.001.0001

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Jailed for Ideas

Jailed for Ideas

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The Final Victim of the Blacklist

Gerald Horne

University of California Press

The roasting encounter endured by John Howard Lawson in Washington in the fall of 1947 was a turning point for this writer. He was blacklisted from Hollywood. Red Hollywood was disintegrating; as early as 1949 the L.A. writer Carey McWilliams had detected a “great decrease of political interest and political activity in Hollywood.” Since Lawson was on the fast track to a tiny, cramped, and dank prison cell, his fate seemed decidedly undesirable. He turned abruptly toward the writing of history. He expanded his critique to encompass the entire apparatus of the cold war. The “Maltz affair” and similar incidents probably said more about Lawson's personality than they did about Communist Party praxis—though, inevitably, it was the reputation of both that suffered grievously as a result. Though Lawson was “profoundly optimistic about the future,” he ruefully conceded that his being behind bars was a “fantastic low comedy situation”.

Keywords:   John Howard Lawson, Red Hollywood, prison cell, writing, Maltz affair, Communist Party, political activity, blacklisted

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