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A documentary look at the confluence of the Red scare, McCarthyism, and blacklists with the post-war activism by African Americans seeking more and better roles on radio, television, and stage. It begins in Harlem, measures the impact of Paul Robeson and the campaign to bring him down, looks at the role of HUAC, J. Edgar Hoover and of journalists such as Ed Sullivan, and ends with a tribute to Canada Lee. Throughout are interviews with men and women who were there, including Dick Campbell of the Rose McLendon Players and Fredrick O'Neal of the American Negro Theatre. In the 1940s and 1950s, anti-Communism was one more tool to maintain Jim Crow and to keep down African-Americans.

  1. Alexandra Isles

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Morgan Freeman

    Morgan Freeman

    Himself

  2. Rosetta LeNoire

    Rosetta LeNoire

    Herself

  3. Dick Campbell

    Himself

  4. Frederick O'Neal

    Himself

  5. Ossie Davis

    Ossie Davis

    Himself

  6. Paul Robeson

    Paul Robeson

    Himself (Archival Footage)

  7. Joseph Wershba

    Himself (Broadcast Journalist)

  8. J. Edgar Hoover

    Himself (Archival Footage)

  9. Jackie Robinson

    Himself (Archival Footage)

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Full Cast & Crew

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $1,000,000.00

Revenue $100,000.00

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