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Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist by Carol Stabile (2018, Goldsmiths Press)
Book Club Guide Discussion Questions
Who do you think the book was written for?
Being able to quote from FBI files certainly makes this entire book relevant and more fact-based than many about blacklisting. Have you (or do you know someone who has) ever requested documents from the government?
For all that we think are informed about recent American history, did you find this connection between the FBI, the advertising industry and television surprising?
Of the 41 women listed and described in the book, how many names did you recognize?
What did these women have in common?
When you think about the collective experience of these 41 women, what word comes to mind – that you feel for them?
Did any stories stand out as memorable, worse, heinous?
If applicable, what are your memories of early TV, either as reruns or viewing as a family? Did your mother and grandmother like to watch TV?
As we now understand the value social media can play in creating cultural change, have we crossed the threshold where activism and participation could be used against us? Do you fear your digital footprint and behavior may be used against you, your children or grandchildren some day?
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