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No Laughing Matter: America’s Harassment of Charlie Chaplin and Its Relevance to Our Time

“A democracy is a place where you can express your ideas freely — or it isn’t a democracy.”  ~  Charles Chaplin During the Red Scare hysteria of the late 1940s and early 1950s, legendary actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, who never gave up his British citizenship and was well-known for his left-wing politics, inevitably ran afoul of the U.S. Government. When returning from a trip to the U.K. in September 1952, Chaplin was refused re-entry to the country…

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