Langston Hughes on Trial
In 1953, the author Langston Hughes was called before Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Subcommittee on Investigations to answer questions about Communist influences in his writing. The private, closed-door interrogation pitted Hughes against the Subcommittee’s chief counsel, Roy Cohn. We dramatized the actual hearing transcripts of Hughes’s testimony, made public 50 years later.
The McCarthy hearings are now emblematic of the 1950s "Red Scare."
Senator Joseph McCarthy hired Roy Cohn in 1953 as Chief Counsel.
Senator Margaret Chase Smith was the first senator to stand up to Joseph McCarthy.
Watch the opening scene of McCarthy.
McCarthy declared to Congress that scholar Owen Lattimore was a "top Russian spy."