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The Fall of Red Hollywood

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Hollywood's “blacklist” was simply the opening wedge in an all-sided assault against the now fading grandeur of Red Hollywood, a precinct once presided over by John Howard Lawson. Suggestive of the ... More


Beginnings

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

John Howard Lawson grew to maturity without the comfort of a parent's affection. His early educational experiences made a permanent impression on his consciousness. Writing plays may have been ... More


Commitment

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

John Howard Lawson was torn apart with conflict and inner doubt, even though his life was driving inescapably to a resolution. Harold Clurman “watched with shock and anger” as Lawson was upbraided by ... More


Toward Commitment

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

John Howard Lawson's marriage to Sue Edmonds was a landmark on his journey toward commitment, and his joining the Communist Party and organizing the Screen Writers Guild were to enhance this process. ... More


Jailed for Ideas

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

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 ... More


The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Gerald Horne

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Before he attained notoriety as Dean of the Hollywood Ten—the blacklisted screenwriters and directors persecuted because of their varying ties to the Communist Party—John Howard Lawson had become one ... More


“Blacklisted”

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

John Howard Lawson's freedom had a price. He and virtually all of Red Hollywood were now “blacklisted,” barred from the industry they had helped to construct. Lawson entered the netherworld of the ... More


Hollywood

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

John Howard Lawson loved trains. Perhaps his fondness for trains was generated by his fondness for Hollywood. It was in the pivotal year of 1928 that Lawson was employed by MGM “as one of the first ... More


From Hollywood to Broadway

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

When John Howard Lawson arrived in Hollywood in 1928, he was “dead broke” and “had heavy debts.” His family decided not to return to Hollywood; with their newfound wealth, they “bought a house out ... More


Theory and Practice

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

John Howard Lawson's initial “blacklisting” came in the 1930s with the organizing of the Screen Writers Guild, though the intervention of courageous producers like Walter Wanger and conditions at ... More


Struggle

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

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 ... More


Writing—and Fighting

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Sahara was a wartime epic of John Howard Lawson. Helen Slote Levitt and Julian Mayfield were among the legions inspired by this still-stirring movie. World War II and the resultant alliance between ... More


Inquisition

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

John Howard Lawson was dragged forcibly from the witness chair during his stormy testimony in Washington during the fall of 1947. As during state legislative hearings Lawson denied his Communist ... More


Fighting—and Writing

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

As the face of Red Hollywood, John Howard Lawson was positioned strategically to be either bathed in warm sunlight or drenched in a cold rain as the political climate changed. It was hard to foresee ... More


Red Scare Rising

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman was a “premature pro-feminist” film written under John Howard Lawson's own name before the clampdown of the “blacklist.” It is a remarkable story that focuses on a ... More


Introduction

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0020
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

John Howard Lawson is constructed as the epitome of the humorless, rigid, dogmatic, unsmiling, doctrinaire Communist, mixing ruthlessness promiscuously with insensitivity. He may very well be the ... More


Conclusion

Gerald Horne

in The Final Victim of the Blacklist: John Howard Lawson, Dean of the Hollywood Ten

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243729
eISBN:
9780520939936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243729.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

John Howard Lawson's body had been “savagely attacked” by the ravages of time, which left him in ill humor. He died by August 1977. The posthumous assault on Lawson was of a piece with the continuing ... More


A People from under the World: Europeans and Other Intruders

James H. Merrell

in The Indians' New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834039
eISBN:
9781469600772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807834039.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter focuses on the time one hundred and sixty years before John Lawson took ship for America, when the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto plunged into what is now central South Carolina in ... More


The Fall of Hong Kong, December 1941

Kwong Chi Man and Tsoi Yiu Lun

in Eastern Fortress: A Military History of Hong Kong, 1840-1970

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9789888208708
eISBN:
9789888313457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208708.003.0008
Subject:
History, Military History

This chapter is a revision of the Battle of Hong Kong in 1941 using both Japanese and British archival sources and other materials. It attempts to bring in the Japanese perspective to the Battle and ... More


Prologue The Flower of Carolina: John Lawson's Journey

James H. Merrell

in The Indians' New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834039
eISBN:
9781469600772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807834039.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter focuses on an Englishman who, during the spring of 1700, decided to see the world. That man's name is John Lawson. No set itinerary cluttered up his plans; he later recalled that his ... More


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