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In "The Russian Revolution," this informational text explores the causes of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which led to the complete upheaval of Russian government and society.Pair “The Russian Revolution” with “The Rise and Fall of Karl Marx” to provide students with additional information regarding Marx’s influence on Russia. What drove Russia to adopt the political views of Marx? What aspect of The Communist Manifesto did they implement into their society?
In "Stalin: A Brutal Legacy Uncovered," this informational text provides insight into the historical rise of Joseph Stalin, one of the most brutal tyrants in Soviet and world history, detailing the purges and other such tragedies of his bloody regime.Pair “The Rise and Fall of Karl Marx” with “Stalin: A Brutal Legacy Uncovered” and ask students to analyze and determine whether or not Karl Marx’s views helped to guide the USSR under Stalin or not. Would Marx have been pleased or dismayed by Stalin’s interpretation of communism?
"The Lost Generation" describes the political and social climate of a period of American history in which numerous highly celebrated authors and artists from the United States grew disillusioned with and disavowed their home country.Pair “The Rise and Fall of Karl Marx” with “The Lost Generation” in order to have students further explore the ideas and teachings of Karl Marx that inspired many writers of the “Lost Generation.” In what ways are writers of the Lost Generation similar to Karl Marx?
In Senator Joseph McCarthy's "'Enemies from Within' Speech," he condemns the threat of communism and accuses the State Department of communist infiltration.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.