1957 January 17

Defund HUAC Urges ACLU of Northern California

 

The ACLU of Northern California on this day urged the House of Representatives to defund the House Committee on Un-American Activities HUAC). a move that would effectively end the operations of the committee. The ACLU affiliate’s recommendation was based on its study of recent HUAC hearings in San Francisco on December 10th and 11th, 1956.

HUAC was established on May 26, 1938, and for the next 37 years conducted a relentless assault on freedom of belief and association, primarily against leftists, liberals, and civil rights activists. Witnesses were compelled to answer the question, “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party.” HUAC was finally abolished on January 14, 1975.

Read the History of HUAC: Walter Goodman, The Committee: The Extraordinary Career of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (1968)

Watch the History of HUAC on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Z5aYU6x0o

Learn more about HUAChttp://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/huac

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