Turmoil at Home and Cold War Protest
Through the economic and global turmoil of the 1930s and World War II, choreographers continued to build on the American tradition of protest, expressing opposition to the exploitation of workers, homelessness, hunger, and racism.
However, the political climate changed during the post-World War II Cold War, due to escalating fears of the Soviet Union, communism, and espionage activities. The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of Government Operations became forceful influences in domestic politics as they investigated potential Soviet spies.
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