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What did the House Un-American Activities Committee do?

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The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigated citizens suspected of having communist ties. The committee held people charged with contempt of Congress.

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While the people were held, the HUAC questioned them. They did this in order to get the names of people associated with communist parties. If a person did not comply during the questioning process, the committee would mark them as "red." Richard Nixon was a member of the HUAC, and he helped bring to light the fact that Alger Hiss, a previous official with the State Department, had former communist ties. The committee was created in 1938, and was abolished in 1975.

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