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Hollywood's BlacklistsA Political and Cultural History$
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Reynold Humphries

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624553

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624553.001.0001

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Hollywood and the Union Question

Hollywood and the Union Question

(p.27) 1 Hollywood and the Union Question
Hollywood's Blacklists

Reynold Humphries

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the question of unions in general and Hollywood unions in particular. It was the creation of a union that sowed the seeds of the antagonisms, conflicts and trench warfare which characterised the relations not only between studios and employees in Hollywood, but also between unions. These relations were to lead by a tortuous route to congressional hearings and the consequent blacklist. The chapter discusses the protracted and bitter campaigns waged to form an independent writers' union and the nature of the attempts to sabotage any such union. It first documents and analyses a momentous event in the politics of California which, in many ways, set the scene for what was to ensue: the EPIC (End Poverty in California) campaign of Upton Sinclair, a novelist and Socialist who stood as a Democrat for the post of Governor of California in 1934.

Keywords:   Hollywood, End Poverty, Upton Sinclair, unions, politics, writers' union, California, studios

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