Dashiell Hammett

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Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett

Screen Writers Guild

In 1933, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, and Dashiell Hammett became chief organizers of the first trade union of Hollywood screenwriters, the Screen Writers Guild. By April 1936, after several setbacks, the guild called upon the House Patents Committee for legislation to strengthen the rights of authors to decide how their material was to be used. The studios insisted that writers were artists and therefore ineligible to unionize. Then, in June 1938, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that screenwriters qualified as workers under the Wagner Act. An election was held to choose union representation, and the Screen Writers Guild won over the more conservative Screen Playwrights.[1]


In 1940, Jean Potter Chelnov visited Alaska for Fortune, and then published her first book, "Alaska Under Arms." She went back to Alaska in 1943 as a free-lance writer to research her next book, "The Flying North." The book was edited by Dashiell Hammett, the detective author and leftist, who was serving in the armed forces in Alaska.

She married Anatole Chelnov, a Russian-born American service veteran who had worked in Alaska as an interpreter for Soviet and American pilots during World War II.

Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace

Dashiell Hammett was a sponsor of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace which ran from March 25 - 27, 1949 in New York City. It was arranged by a Communist Party USA front organization known as the National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions. The conference was a follow-up to a similar gathering, the strongly anti-America, pro-Soviet World Congress of Intellectuals which was held in Poland, August 25 - 28, 1948.[2]