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Scoundrel Time Summary
Lillian Hellman

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Scoundrel Time Summary

Plot Summary

"Scoundrel Time" by Lillian Hellman is the true story of the famous playwright's experience with the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the early-1950s. Hellman's name was listed on the infamous blacklist compiled during the latter days of the Truman administration. The majority of those included on the blacklist were people the FBI identified as either Communists or Communist leaning—also known as "fellow travelers." These private citizens were targeted by the government as potential threats to the United States. In other words, these individuals could ultimately be found guilty of treason. In most cases, the people were innocent or in the least non-threatening. Some writers, directors and actors were called into the hearings in the late-forties when the drumbeat against radicals and progressives began.

The government created one of the most egregious eras of civil rights violations ever seen before or since. The majority of...

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