Communism, Espionage and the Cold War
A document-based teaching unit
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This unit makes use of documents available for the first time since the end of the Cold War. The lessons shed light on aspects of the Cold War that up to now have been based on a limited documentary record. Lessons in the unit examine testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, an appraisal of textbook accounts of McCarthyism, and the Alger Hiss and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg espionage cases. The unit includes readings from the recently declassified Venona Project files and documents from the archives of the former Soviet Union.
Lesson 1: Investigating Communism: The House Un-American Activities Committee and Elizabeth Bentley
Lesson 2: Investigating Communism Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism
Lesson 3: The Evidence of Communist Espionage: The Venona Project and KGB Files
Lesson 4: Communism on Trial: Whittaker Chamber and the Alger Hiss Case
Lesson 5: Communism on Trial: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Atomic Espionage
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