The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Black, white, and red all over: the US radio and television blacklist as annotated index

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2017), 35, (3), 98–109.

Abstract

Published in 1950, the 213-page booklet Red Channels listed the names of 151 radio and television industry figures with apparent ties to subversive (that is, communist) organizations or causes. The incriminating information was presented in two alphabetical indexes, one of names and one of organizations, along with a short third index of publications. Red Channels effectively functioned as both a blacklist and as a set of annotated indexes with crossreferences, using the orderly structure of the index to ‘name names.’

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Lemmens, Cheryl