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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.

American Experience is thrilled to feature award-winning poet Jericho Brown as the voice of Langston Hughes.

Illustrations by Jonell Joshua.

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