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  1. Espionage Trials and Cultural Shifts

  2. In the 1950’s, fear of nuclear war and fear of communist agents was combined in a pair of key espionage trials • In 1948, Alger Hiss was accused of spying for the Soviet Union • Hiss was a former State Department official • Hiss was convicted of perjury • In 1950, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were accused of giving the Soviet Union information about the atomic bomb during WWII • This was believed to have led to the Soviet Union developing an atomic bomb earlier than expected • They were convicted of espionage, sentenced to death, and executed in 1953

  3. The Rosenbergs Guiding Question: Should the Rosenbergs have been convicted of espionage? • Highlight or underline anything in the secondary source that can help you answer the guiding question

  4. The Rosenbergs Guiding Question: Should the Rosenbergs have been convicted of espionage? • Highlight or underline anything in the secondary source that can help you answer the guiding question • Write a 30-40 word summary of what the secondary source has to say about the guiding question

  5. The Rosenbergs Guiding Question: Should the Rosenbergs have been convicted of espionage? • Highlight or underline anything in the court transcript that can help you answer the guiding question

  6. The Rosenbergs Guiding Question: Should the Rosenbergs have been convicted of espionage? • Highlight or underline anything in the court transcript that can help you answer the guiding question • Write a 40-50 word summary of what the transcript has to say about the guiding question

  7. How might these three quotes relate to each other?