Faulk, John Henry

Faulk, John Henry

(1913–90) folklorist, radio performer; born in Austin, Texas. He was a folksy southern storyteller whose radio and television career, by then based in New York City, was destroyed by the McCarthyism of the 1950s when he was falsely accused of little more than being opposed to anticommunists. His successful libel suit (1962) effectively ended blacklisting in the entertainment industry. He wrote Fear on Trial (1964) about his experiences and in later years lectured on First Amendment issues.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.