What industry did HUAC attack first?

What industry did HUAC attack first?

 

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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are a couple ways to approach this answer. If you view the government as an industry, you would say the House Un-American Activities Committee went after the government first. There was a great deal of concern that communists had infiltrated the government. There was a great deal of attention given to Alger Hiss and Edward Condon. While Edward Condon was eventually cleared, Alger Hiss was eventually convicted of perjury regarding his testimony about having connections to Whittaker Chambers.

If you don’t view the government as an industry, then the House Un-American Activities Committee went after the film industry first. The House Un-American Activities Committee developed a list of people believed to be supportive or unsupportive of the activities of the committee. Those who considered unsupportive were people who wouldn’t answer any questions from the committee. Any person in the film industry labeled as supportive of communism would be blacklisted. They wouldn’t be able to find work unless they cooperated with the committee.

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