In August 1955, when Pete Seeger was hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee, congressmen demanded that he name names. Did he know any Communists, Communist-sympathizers or fellow travelers?
Many who were subpoenaed by HUAC invoked their Fifth Amendment right to not testify. Given that just two years earlier Julius and Ethel Rosenberg had been executed, essentially for being Communists, invoking the privilege against self-incrimination seemed like sensible self-preservation. But Seeger didn’t claim a Fifth Amendment privilege.Read More of Words that inspired generations of activists