by Senator Joseph McCarthy
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The informational text “McCarthyism” discusses the United States’ fear of communism during the Cold War and the unfair trials led by Senator Joseph McCarthy to root out supposed communist spies.Pair “McCarthyism” with “‘Enemies from Within’ Speech” so that students may have a better understanding of what is known as the Red Scare, or the era of McCarthyism. What was the general atmosphere or attitude in America regarding communism? What elements of McCarthyism are exemplified in his speech?
The Salem (and Other) Witch Hunts
- Mike Kubic
In “The Salem (and Other) Witch Hunts,” Mike Kubic explores the Salem witch trials, and the various other prejudiced hunts that have occurred throughout history.Pair “The Salem (and Other) Witch Hunts” with “‘Enemies from Within’ Speech” and ask students to discuss the similarities between the Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare. What did the people in both of these time periods fear? How did these fears manifest? Ask students to consider the other periods in history Kubic classifies as “witch hunts” and how they are connected to the Red Scare.
The Rise and Fall of Karl Marx
- Mike Kubic
In “The Rise and Fall of Karl Marx,” Mike Kubic discusses the life and work of Karl Marx, specifically his influence on other nations’ socioeconomic structures.Pair “The Rise and Fall of Karl Marx” with “‘Enemies from Within’ Speech” to provide students with background information on the economic philosophy known as communism, as well as its creator. Ask students to consider the tenants of communism and how they may have conflicted with 20th century American values.
What Fear Can Teach Us
- Karen Thompson Walker
In “What Fear Can Teach Us,” Karen Thompson Walker discusses the effects that fear has on decision-making and invokes a true story about the sailors of the Essex to illustrate her argument.Pair “What Fear Can Teach Us” with “‘Enemies from Within’ Speech” and ask students to discuss how Karen Thompson Walker might appraise Senator McCarthy’s perspective. Would she consider his fears about communism in America a helpful story or a “salacious” one? What does Karen Thompson Walker’s TED Talk imply about why American citizens may have supported Senator McCarthy’s perspective?