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Actor John Randolph's Sharing of U.S. History

March 01, 2004

In the 1950s, I was fortunate to be in a play with John Randolph (obituary, Feb. 27). He had been blacklisted but was able to work in the theater. Our show played in Washington, D.C., for several weeks. During that time, he took several of us younger actors on educational tours of what America was all about. At the National Archives, he showed us and spoke in detail about the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and most important, what they meant in the formation of our country.

He loved teaching us about American history and was more knowledgeable than anyone else we knew. He gave us a history lesson I will never forget.

And yet he was blacklisted. John gave many of us the courage to vote against the blacklist, though it put our careers on the line. He will not be forgotten.

Janet de Gore St. Amant

West Hollywood

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