The House Committee on Un

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The House Committee on Un-American Activities.  Created in 1938, the House Committee on Un-American Activities ( HUAC) was charged  with examining internal subversion in the United States. In 1947, the committee turned  its attention to the extent of communist influence in the motion picture industry. Although  many witnesses called before HUAC identified individuals who had been Communists or  supporters of left-wing causes, a group of writers known as the Hollywood Ten refused  to testify. They were found guilty of contempt of Congress and were sentenced to terms  in federal prison. Out of the hearings came the infamous blacklist — anyone accused or  even suspected of being a Communist or a Communist sympathizer was barred from  working in Hollywood.  A more prominent matter before HUAC was the investigation of Alger Hiss, who had 
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