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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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(p.116) 7 Struggle
The Final Victim of the Blacklist

Gerald Horne

University of California Press

There were not too distant roars and rumbles that carried the potential to disrupt the pleasant reverie that had enveloped Red Hollywood. The Communist Party had endured a semilegal existence during its early years and after escaping from this rockiness had to navigate through the choppy shoals of intense surveillance. It grew accordingly as its main conservative predators were knocked back on their heels. It seemed that after John Howard Lawson had stumbled his way through the darkness of his own confusion to the light represented to him by the Party, he had difficulty in accepting the perplexities and bewilderments of others. With Blockade and then Algiers, Lawson had demonstrated that—despite his Party membership—he could tap profitably into the consciousness of a mass audience and this struck a number of powerful forces as being extremely dangerous. Lawson threw himself frantically into a wide range of antifascist and radical activity.

Keywords:   Communist Party, John Howard Lawson, Blockade, Algiers, Red Hollywood, antifascist activity, radical activity

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