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Soviet Espionage in America

The war against Communism and Joseph McCarthy’s place in it are the focus of a series of three lessons examining postwar America from 1945-1950. This first lesson asks groups to read an introduction that describes the Verona Project and to examine excerpts from FBI memos on the project. Each group then researches an assigned suspect and shares their findings with the class. The lesson ends with a reenactment of the Rosenberg trial and a vote on their innocence or guilt.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • For those unfamiliar with reading primary source documents, links to sites and activities that will help learners develop these skills are provided
  • The richly detailed plan includes links to all necessary documents and worksheets
Cons

  • The resource does not mention the controversy surrounding the authenticy of the Verona documents
Included Materials

  • Soviet Espionage in America
  • Anticommunism in Postwar America: Interactive Timeline of the Early Cold War Years
  • Anticommunism in Postwar America, 1945–1954: Witch Hunt or Red Menace?
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