Cold War at Home - Cold War at Home Second Red Scare...

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Cold War at Home: “ Second Red Scare ” & “ McCarthyism A.) Background Canada discovers that a Soviet spy ring has infiltrated some of the highest levels of its government. This makes Americans think that the possibility for spies in the US government is real. This causes the government to screen all its employees for disloyalty. They also screened to see if people were alcoholics, homosexuals, or in debt. There are also a few very high profile spy cases Alger Hiss Trail A former state department worker. In 1949 a known communist spy names Alger Hiss as a communist. Hiss is not convicted of espionage but is convicted of perjury. Never the less this case is sensational. Rosenberg Case A nuclear scientist that had worked on the atomic bomb in WWII was accused of passing along information to the Soviet Union. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and his wife are convicted of wartime espionage and are both sentenced to death. This case creates anti- Communist hysteria.

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