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Ayn Rand's HUAC Testimony

Robert Mayhew

Presented at: SRB 2002 Vienna

Date: Jun 29, 2002

In 1947, Ayn Rand testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), which was then investigating communist infiltration into the Hollywood movie industry. Why did she agree to testify as a "friendly witness"? What did she think of the HUAC as an instrument for combating communism? What did she say to the HUAC? What did she want to say? What did she think of the "unfriendly witnesses" (the famous Hollywood Ten) and of the subsequent Hollywood blacklists? In the more than fifty years since she testified, how have commentators treated her HUAC testimony? In this lecture, Dr. Mayhew will answer these questions.



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