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Author: John Boss

Standard: CCSS Social Science - 11.9.3 - Students analyze foreign policy since World War II - Trace the origins and geopolitical consequences (foreign and domestic) of the Cold War and containment policy including the following: The era of McCarthyism, instances of domestic communism(E.g. Alger Hiss) and blacklisting.

Objective: Students will be able to identify the main causes of the Red Scare post WWII, define the foreign policy of "containment," McCarthyism, HUAC, the case against Alger Hiss, and Blacklist

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Watch the following three videos

Answer the four multiple choice quiz questions

Follow the "Essential Question" Google form link to answer the Google Form short-write question (150-250 words + two citation min. from videos)

TED Talk: What is McCarthyism? And how did it happen? Ellen Shrecker

Short video introducing McCarthism and the roots of the communist Red Scare in 1950's America

Hip Hughes McCarthyism Explained: US History Review

Short Video

Short Documentary on the Red Scare

Source: Hip Hughes, Red Scare for Dummies:

Essential Question: Short Write Answer

Were the actions of Senator McCarthy and HUAC justified by the fear of communism in the US in the 1950's?  Cite two source from the videos to support your answer.  Use the following link to answer this question.