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Blacklisted!: Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First Amendment

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Sibert award-winning author Larry Dane Brimner follows in vivid detail the story of nineteen men from the film industry who were investigated for suspected communist ties during the Cold War, and the ten who were blacklisted for standing up for their First Amendment rights and refusing to cooperate.

World War II is over, but tensions between communist Soviet Union and the U
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Calkins Creek
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Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I did not realize this was a YA book until I began reading. Quick, informative read with photos and documents that bring the story to life. An excellent YA book that's interesting for adults as well.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, ya-teen
Not very engaging, honestly, and a lot of the photos didn't add to the story and were awkwardly placed within the text.
Paul  Hankins
This one will 'reel' in both readers interested in history, film, and 50s and 60s Noir style of presentation. The entrance into the book is reminiscent of Deborah Wiles's COUNTDOWN as the pages go dark with the first few pages serving as a "countdown" into the text.

We are looking at and reviewing this book early on as it will be used in the 2018-2019 with Room 407 students thanks to a generous offer by the publisher's academic team. Our plan is to employ this book as a wrap-around/weave read as
Laura Gardner
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫/5 for BLACKLISTED

Blacklisted is a fascinating look at a shameful time in American history when the ideals of freedom of speech and civil liberties were thrown aside in favor of censorship. Nineteen men from the film industry (screenwriters, producers, actors and directors) were put on trial in front of the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities, chaired by J. Parnell Thomas. The men were accused of being communists who made films that attempted to subvert American
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Looking for a book that ties in censorship, government oversight, and playing to the fears of the general public? The latest by Larry Dane Brimner has all of that and lots more. He traces the hearings held by the House Un-American Activities Committee as they confronted screenwriters, directors, and producers that they felt posed a threat. This perceived threat was based on involvement in Communist groups or what was seen as promoting Communist values through the movies they created.

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Blacklisted! : Hollywood, The Cold War, and the First Amendment By Larry Dane Brimner, 171 pages. NON FICTION Calkins Creek, 2018. $17.95 Content: G.



During the Cold War, the House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities investigated a number of Hollywood screen writers (and others) and questioned them about their political views; specifically, they wanted them to admit to being communists and give up names of their associat
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
During the Cold War, certain Hollywood actors, producers, and screen writers were targeted as being part of the Communist party and therefore a threat to the American way of life. They were brought to court and blacklisted as a result of their affiliation. In this travesty of first amendment rights, 19 men from the film industry were brought to court because of their affiliation with the Communist party. Not that they wanted the US to become Communist but that they wanted more equality between t ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Extremely well written and documented story of the House Committee on Un-American Activities and the so-called Hollywood Ten. The picture of this systematic abuse of First Amendment Rights by the government itself and by the power brokers in the entertainment industry is horrifying to read. The parallels to today and the general mis-interpretation of the First Amendment is equally alarming.

This is an outstanding book for high schools and will spark great discussions. Of particular interest to m
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's fast and an interesting topic that could be great in the schools but the actual book itself is dry and I don't know that the length and writing are enough to pull in students when they probably don't know the actors.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm going to keep this review fairly short: It's amazing how such an interesting subject could be so boring.

The pictures and document images were the most interesting part of the book, so I suggest just looking at those and skipping the repetitive text.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
I think this book is very applicable for today’s political environment. Isn’t the saying “if you don’t learn from history you’re bound to repeat it.”? This book gives an important reminder about the rights of people and first amendment.
Stevo Brock
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a Best of the Best for the month of November 2018, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brimner has given us a well researched, engaging, Hollywood name-filled history on the hearings and their aftermath. For my full review, visit CHECK IT OUT!
Ms. Yingling
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Good lengths, lots of helpful pictures and documents, great bibliography. Not enough about this time period and the stupidity that was the HUAC.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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Shelves: 2018-copyright
A well-written account of the Hollywood Ten, but not a book that will appeal to very many students.
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Larry Dane Brimner is the recipient of the 2018 Robert F. Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book for children for his title Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961. He is known for his well-researched, innovative, and award-winning nonfiction for young readers, and is the author of multiple acclaimed civil rights titles, including Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights ...more