This Day in America: May 26, 1938 – The House Committee on Un-American Activities is established (the Dies Committee)

Here’s a timely bit of history:

The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was created in 1938 to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having Communist ties. Reorganized from its previous incarnations as the Fish Committee and the McCormack-Dickstein Committee and with a new chairman, the cantankerous Martin Dies of Texas, HUAC’s strident attacks on the Roosevelt administration prior to the outbreak of the war did not suit the political mood of a nation that was largely in favor of FDR’s leadership. All that changed, however, in the postwar atmosphere of fear and contempt for the Soviet Union, at which time HUAC’s activities commanded broad popular support and consistently attracted major headlines.

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