American Experience

Langston Hughes on Trial

Clip: Season 32 Episode 1 | 4m 39s

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.

Aired: 01/06/20

Rating: TV-PG

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