June 2

Senator Joseph McCarthy charges Communists in CIA

June 2, 1954

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  • Lesson 1: Soviet Espionage in America
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 1: Soviet Espionage in America

    The hunt for Communists in the United States clearly reached the point of hysteria by the early 1950s, but what is often overlooked is that it had its origins in a very real phenomenon. This lesson will expose students to recently declassified FBI documents and transcripts of the Rosenberg trial. It will encourage them to think seriously about the extent of the Soviet espionage network in America, thus setting the stage for a proper understanding of later hearings by the House Un-American Activities Committee and Joseph McCarthy.

  • Lesson 2: The House Un-American Activities Committee
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 2: The House Un-American Activities Committee

    In the late 1940s and early 1950s, relations between the United States and the Soviet Union had deteriorated to the point of "cold war," while domestically the revelation that Soviet spies had infiltrated the U.S. government created a general sense of uneasiness. This lesson will examine the operations of House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in the late 1940s.

  • Lesson 3: The Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 3: The Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy

    A freshman senator from Wisconsin, Joseph R. McCarthy, shocked the country in 1950 when he claimed to possess evidence that significant numbers of communists continued to hold positions of influence in the State Department. In this lesson students will learn about McCarthy's crusade against communism, from his bombshell pronouncements in 1950 to his ultimate censure and disgrace in 1954.

Thomas Hardy, English poet and author, is born

June 2, 1840

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