by Nicki Evans, Reeth's Puffer HS

Students will visit a number of websites related to the McCarthy Era and research its impact on America. Students will have the chance to compare/contrast this time in history with other periods of infringement of civil liberties.

Introduction

 In the post World War II era, the government of the United States' policy was focused on stamping out Communism, both inside and outside of our borders.  While terms like "The Red Menace" and "Commie" seem ridiculous now, in the 1950's, many government officials made policy decisions and performed morally questionable conduct in the name of protecting the freedom of U.S. citizens.  You will explore this theme in the Cold War at home.

            This is an anticommunist propaganda poster

This webquest will require visiting a number of websites related to the McCarthy Era and research its impact on America.  You will read about the history of the Cold War at home, as well as hear audio and view video clips from this time.  You will also have the chance to compare/contrast this time in history with other periods of infringement on civil liberties.  Lastly, you will  learn about the experience of Arthur Miller during this era and his subsequent work, The Crucible.  Students will answer questions provided and convey their opinion of this time period through an essay.  

                                   
    Through this assignment, students will achieve the following objectives:

Describe government efforts to investigate the loyalty of U.S. citizens

Explain the spy cases of Alger Hiss and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

Describe the efforts of Senator Joseph McCarthy to investigate alleged Communist influence in the United States

Make an informed opinion about the conduct of the government/McCarthy during this period