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Espionage Trials and Cultural Shifts. 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

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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
the rosenbergs step 1
The Rosenbergs, Step 1

Guiding Question: Should the Rosenbergs have been convicted of espionage?

  • Analyze both sources in relation to the guiding question
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The Rosenbergs, Step 2
  • Use the handout to write a dialogue on the Rosenbergs
    • The Pro side should be arguing that they should have been convicted
    • The Con side should be arguing that they should not have been convicted
    • Each box should both contain an argument for that side and address the other sides previous argument