mccarthyism.pdf - McCarthyism 1 Contextualization What is communism A political theory that advocated class war and leading to a society in which all

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McCarthyism 1) Contextualization: What is communism? A political theory that advocated class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned, and each person works and is paid according ti their abilities and needs. 2) Close Reading and Contextualization: Why were many Americans fearful and suspicious of communists during the 1940’s and 1950’s? The Soviet Union’s power had grown exponentially, and the threat of nuclear attack felt very real to many Americans. 3) Contextualization: What does it mean to be “American”? What do you think it meant to be “American” in the 1940’s and 1950’s Americans meant that people lived in the U.S 4) Contextualization: What does it mean to be “Un - American”? What do you think it meant to be “Un - American” in the 1940’s and 1950’s? Communists in the U.S 5) Sourcing: What type of primary source document is this? How might that impact or shape the tone and word choice of the document? Photography taken in West Virginia on February 9, 1950. It would make an impact because it doesn’t have words and because reactions and tone play a bigger role. 6) Close Reading and Contextualization: What effect do you think the first paragraph of this document had on listeners in February of 1950?

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