Presentation on theme: "House of Cards Rules of the Game: Your task is to build a house of cards. Every person in the group must participate actively. There is an internal traitor."— Presentation transcript:
House of Cards Rules of the Game: Your task is to build a house of cards. Every person in the group must participate actively. There is an internal traitor in your group who will sabotage your efforts. (I selected this person before class.) You have 7 minutes to build the tallest house. Work well together and you could win!
Discussion Questions Can you identify the “internal traitors or Reds” among us? Why did you think there were traitors? How did that thinking affect what you saw and what you did? How did the knowledge of possible traitors affect the simulation and group as a whole? What “proof” did you have? Define paranoia. How might this paranoia affect the United States at home during the Cold War?
Cold War at Home Definitions Paranoia: extreme, irrational distrust of others Mass Hysteria: a socially contagious frenzy of irrational behavior in a group of people as a reaction to an event
Second Red Scare (40s-50s) Concern that communism would spread to the U.S. Paranoia reflected in popular culture
Discussion Questions Predict how the government will respond to paranoia and fear surrounding the Second Red Scare. In what postions or jobs might Americans not want communists? Why?
HUAC ( House Un-American Activities Committee) investigated suspected Communists in movie industry no proof, but many blacklisted (shunned and not given jobs)
“ Are you now or have you ever been a Communist?” -- HUAC investigator
Discussion Questions Examine and analyze the action of HUAC. –Why might some criticize them? –Why might some support them? VOTE: Continue HUAC investigations or not!
Loyalty Review Board Purpose to investigate government workers Constitutional rights violated : 3.1 million investigated 212 dismissed as security risks 2,900 resigned in protest
McCarthyism Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin Unfairly accused people of being communists
McCarthyism Had no proof, contributed to mass hysteria Ended in 1954 after the Army-McCarthy hearings McCarthy’s Claims Wheeling, West Virginia: 205 Denver: 207 Salt Lake City: 57
McCarthy’s Downfall – Political Cartoon
Concluding Discussion Question Consider the actions of the U.S. government during the Second Red Scare. –Were the actions of the U.S. government fair? Justified? Explain.
Concluding NB Reflection LETTER GRADECOMMENTS TREATMENT OF AMERICANS BY GOV’T DURING THE COLD WAR How will you grade the actions of the U.S. government at Home during the Cold War?
Concluding Final Discussion Should the United States be allowed to: create a lists of American citizens who are communist? lists of suspected terrorists without proof? hold possible terrorists without proof?