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This collection includes rare films which document the socio-political history of 20th century America. There is powerful footage of the hysteria whipped up by US Cold War propaganda. In particular the HUAC hearings set up by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950s; the Hollywood Ten; the trial and executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953; the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s; the rise of student activism; and the counter-cultural protest movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. There is footage featuring Angela Davis, Stokeley Carmichael and other luminaries of this period.

Angela Davis

From the late 1930s and early 1940s we have unique footage of marches on the streets of New York City with crowds carrying massive trade union and communist party banners. Also a documentary featuring the 1939/40 World's Fair. in which there are stunning shots of the Soviet Pavilion, with all the communist iconography proudly displayed.

In addition to all of this there is lots of other material of a non-political nature - see also other archive entries eg MUSIC and COUNTER-CULTURE.



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