The feature film Trumbo (2015), staring Bryan Cranston, now in theaters nationwide, is based on the true story of blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. The Trumbo children, Nikola, Christopher and Mitzi, spent their most formative years watching their father hold on to the fundamental right to free speech at a great cost to he and his family. Dalton’s son Christopher sat down with archivist Donna Granata to record his oral history for the Focus on the Masters Archive in 2005. The following excerpts illustrate a traumatic event Christopher endured as a child of a Blacklisted parent.

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Photographs provided by Focus on the Archive Christopher Trumbo Papers. Permission to reproduce the images for USC publications is granted by the Trumbo family.