A onetime baseball catcher confronts the murder of a McCarthyist politician at Yankee Stadium. In 1953 America, McCarthyism is everywhere. Congressman Rex Harwood Simmons is among the leaders who single-mindedly hunt down suspected Communists; he even claims that Communism has infiltrated America’s favorite pastime. But while watching a Yankee game one afternoon, he becomes a target. As the crowd cheers for a home run, Simmons is shot dead in his seat. The task of solving the crime falls to onetime ballplayer and Korean War veteran Russ Garrett, who collaborates with “Vicious Aloysius” Murphy, a Bronx homicide detective. The investigation won’t be easy, since there are plenty of people with a motive to plug Simmons. Several clues point to a blacklisted intellectual - but he was driven to suicide years ago. And as Garrett hunts for the killer, a new conspiracy comes to light: a plot to murder Yankee star Mickey Mantle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Delgado. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011233/bk_adbl_011233_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Accused of creating a bogus Red scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half-century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts. But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book. The long-awaited Blacklisted by History, based on six years of intensive research, dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his campaign to unmask Communists, Soviet agents, and flagrant loyalty risks working within the U.S. government. Evans’ revelations completely overturn our understanding of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the Cold War. Drawing on primary sources, Evans presents irrefutable evidence of a relentless Communist drive to penetrate our government, influence its policies, and steal its secrets. Most shocking of all, he shows that U.S. officials supposedly guarding against this danger not only let it happen but actively covered up the penetration. All of this was precisely as Joe McCarthy contended. Evans shows that practically everything we’ve been told about McCarthy is false, including conventional treatment of the famous 1950 speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, that launched the McCarthy era, the Senate hearings that casually dismissed his charges, and much more. In the end, Senator McCarthy was censured by his colleagues and condemned by the press and historians. Blacklisted by History provides the first accurate account of what McCarthy did and, more broadly, what happened to America during the Cold War. It is a revealing exposé of the forces that distorted our national policy in that conflict and our understanding of its history since. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Weiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003902/bk_blak_003902_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For 20 years after World War II, the United States was in the grips of its second and most oppressive red scare. The hysteria was driven by conflating American Communists with the real Soviet threat. Thousands lost their jobs, careers, and reputations in the hysteria, though they had committed no crime and were not disloyal to the United States. Among those individuals who experienced more of anticommunism’s varied repressive measures than anyone else was Clinton Jencks.Jencks, a decorated war hero, adopted as his own the Mexican American fight for equal rights in New Mexico’s mining industry. In 1950 he led a local of the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers in the famed Empire Zinc strike - memorialized in the blacklisted 1954 film Salt of the Earth - in which wives and mothers replaced strikers on the picket line after an injunction barred the miners themselves. But three years after the strike, Jencks was arrested and charged with falsely denying that he was a Communist and was sentenced to five years in prison.In McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks, Caballero reveals for the first time that the FBI and the prosecution knew all along that Clinton Jencks was innocent. Jencks’ case typified the era, exposing the injustice that many suffered at the hands of McCarthyism.The book is published by University of Oklahoma Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.“This will long serve as one of the most important books on labor history and anticommunism following World War II.” (Ronald D. Cohen, Indiana University Northwest) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Woods. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/206415/bk_acx0_206415_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The golden age of live television comes to vivid life with the memorable and entertaining tale of Jonny Dirby, who unintentionally captivates the imagination of America with his creation of the hit show Justice Girl. This fun, engrossing work of historical fiction transports listeners back to a time when television shows were chaotic tightrope acts balancing the agendas of actors, studio executives, advertisers, and politicians - and all of it broadcast live to 50 million viewers without the security of a safety net. Set in 1955 in New York City, Julian David Stone's impressive novel follows Jonny from the writers' room of a steady network gig to a crisis of conscience when he decides to abandon his regular paycheck to claim the moral high ground against the spreading plague of McCarthyism. In a final act of defiance, Jonny alters the script of a Superman-inspired lampoon moments before it is broadcast live. What nobody can anticipate is that Jonny's accidental creation, Justice Girl, and her infectious catchphrase of "Justice is served!" are about to sweep the nation and win the hearts and minds of America. Add to the mix a highly driven actress trying to get Jonny blacklisted, along with a desperate network president willing to do anything he can to get complete control of the show, and the history of television will never be the same. The Strange Birth, Short Life, and Sudden Death of Justice Girl moves beyond the gags and gaffes of television's golden age to plumb the depths of the media's broader influence. Anyone interested in this time when television was a new phenomenon, with different factions fighting to use it to promote their varied agendas, will enjoy this riveting novel. Stone is an award-winning writer and director whose 20 years in the entertainment business informs his work with an insider's perspective. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009202/bk_blak_009202_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The anticommunist witch-hunts of the 1940s and 1950s were more than just a disgraceful chapter of American history. The moment the Hollywood Ten were hauled before the HUAC, American cinema, politics and culture changed irrevocably. Unlike most of the available literature on the Red Scare, this contribution argues that, even if bitter political enemies, Stalinism and McCarthyism shared a fundamental hostility to Marxism and, in turn, to those artists most inspired by the proletarianized left culture of the first half of 20th century America. The blacklisted filmmakers examined here embodied the new wave of social criticism of American capitalism on film before the Congress effectively criminalized it, branding a major filmmaker such as Abraham Polonsky a very dangerous citizen. Having matured artistically during this period of political reaction, the stories of the key Hollywood Left figures suggest some unexplored potential aesthetic directions for postwar American cinema, possible pathways prematurely blocked by the blacklist. Crucially, their stories also shed light on the so far under-researched symbiotic, if hostile, relationship between McCarthyism and American Stalinism.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Crucible is a 1953 play by Arthur Miller. It is a dramatization of the Salem witchcraft trials that took place in Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693. Miller wrote the play as an allegory to McCarthyism, when the US government blacklisted accused communists. Miller himself was to be questioned by the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of "contempt of Congress" for failing to identify others present at meetings he had attended. It was first performed at the Martin Beck Theater on Broadway on January 22, 1953.
The anticommunist witch-hunts of the 1940s and 1950s were more than just a disgraceful chapter of American history. The moment the Hollywood Ten were hauled before the HUAC, American cinema, politics and culture changed irrevocably. Unlike most of the available literature on the Red Scare, this contribution argues that, even if bitter political enemies, Stalinism and McCarthyism shared a fundamental hostility to Marxism and, in turn, to those artists most inspired by the 'proletarianized' left culture of the first half of 20th century America. The blacklisted filmmakers examined here embodied the new wave of social criticism of American capitalism on film before the Congress effectively criminalized it, branding a major filmmaker such as Abraham Polonsky a 'very dangerous citizen.' Having matured artistically during this period of political reaction, the stories of the key Hollywood Left figures suggest some unexplored potential aesthetic directions for postwar American cinema, possible pathways prematurely blocked by the blacklist. Crucially, their stories also shed light on the so far under-researched symbiotic, if hostile, relationship between McCarthyism and American Stalinism.
Robeson's international achievements as a singer and actor in starring roles on stage and screen made him the most celebrated black American of his day, but his outspoken criticism of racism in the United States, his strong support of African independence, and his fascination with the Soviet Union placed him under the debilitating scrutiny of McCarthyism. Blacklisted, his famed voice silenced, Here I Stand offered a bold answer to his accusers. It remains today a defiant challenge to the prevailing fear and racism that continues to characterize American society.