Joe McCarthy and the Red Scare

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In the 1950s, how did the Red Scare and the actions of Senator Joseph McCarthy affect the American people? Your young historians will analyze primary source documents on the Red Scare, participate in a "find the Communist" simulation, and role play as a special interest group that must determine whether Joseph McCarthy should be reelected to office. 

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CCSS: Adaptable

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