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  1. 1. Creation of McCarthyism <ul><li>Causes </li></ul><ul><li>Soviets successfully establish Communist regimes in Eastern Europe after WWII </li></ul><ul><li>Soviets develop the atomic bomb more quickly than expected </li></ul><ul><li>Korean War ends in a stalemate </li></ul><ul><li>Republicans gain politically by accusing Truman and Democrats of being soft on communism </li></ul><ul><li>Effects </li></ul><ul><li>Millions of Americans are forced to take loyalty oaths and undergo loyalty investigations </li></ul><ul><li>Activism by labor unions goes into decline </li></ul><ul><li>Many people are afraid to speak out on public issues </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-communism continues to drive US foreign policy </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>How did world events help lead to McCarthyism? </li></ul><ul><li>How did McCarthyism affect the behavior of individual Americans? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was Soviet espionage such an important issue in the late 1940s and early 1950s? </li></ul><ul><li>Why were the Rosenberg's convicted of espionage? Do you believe that the verdict was just? Why or why not? Do you think the Rosenberg's deserved the death penalty? </li></ul>