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On February 21, 1934, John Wexley’s drama "They Shall Not Die"—highlighting the infamous rape charges against the “Scottsboro Boys”—premiered at the Royale Theatre on West 45th Street. With its condemnation of southern racism and injustice, the play helped usher in a new era on the Broadway stage. ... Read More

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Key Events

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1917 Bolshevik Revolution makes Russia the world’s first Communist state

1919 Communist Party of America and Communist Labor Party of America are founded

1929 Stock market crash ushers in the Great Depression

1931 The Group Theatre is founded in New York

1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president

1935 Communists announce that the “Popular Front” will create alliances with liberals

1935 Federal Theater Project (FTP) begins

1937 Federal government shuts down the politically-minded production of "The Cradle Will Rock" in New York

1938 House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigates the New York Living Newspaper Unit, a socially-conscious theater organization

1939 Congress cuts funding for the Federal Theatre Project

1945 World War II ends

Key Events

1917
Bolshevik Revolution makes Russia the world’s first Communist state
1919
Communist Party of America and Communist Labor Party of America are founded
1929
Stock market crash ushers in the Great Depression
1931 The Group Theatre is founded in New York
1932
Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president
1935
Federal Theater Project (FTP) begins
1935
Communists announce that the “Popular Front” will create alliances with liberals
1937 Federal government shuts down the politically-minded production of "The Cradle Will Rock" in New York
1938 House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigates the New York Living Newspaper Unit, a socially-conscious theater organization
1939
Congress cuts funding for the Federal Theatre Project
1945
World War II ends