Why were Americans concerned there might be Soviet spies in the United States?
One of the main jobs of historians is to interpret the past by reviewing primary documents, and scholarly secondary sources, and then creating an analysis of this research. After reading your text and reviewing the assigned materials, submit an analysis of the response of politicians and the U.S. government to communism.
You might want to consider the following questions, but you are not limited to them: Why were Americans concerned there might be Soviet spies in the United States? How did McCarthy respond? Did President Eisenhower support McCarthy’s actions? What led to McCarthy’s downfall? The release of the Venona Papers in the 1990s revealed that there were, in fact, communist spies who had infiltrated the U.S. government, did this vindicate McCarthy?
This assignment should be at least 300 words and contain your reactions or questions about some specific issue within the historical narrative that you find compelling. For full credit, your paper must not simply sum up the reading or repeat points made there. Rather, I’m looking for you to create your own interpretation, explain the emotional content of the piece, or discuss some original insight. Include citations as needed.
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