Students participate in a simulation to better understand the accusations and paranoia that characterized the Second Red Scare.
Included: Directions, graphic organizer for students, 22 biographies
You will be posing as a person who lived during the postwar era. Read and become familiar with your biography, remember it is for your eyes only! Then, mingle with your peers and ask them questions about themselves to determine whether they are a communist or a loyal American. Take notes on the your graphic organizer as you talk to each person in your class. Your goal is to form a group of students that have no Communist spies.
How you win:
If you are a loyal American: Your goal is to form an “America Against Red” group with no Communist spies. Take notes as you talk with your peers to determine whether each classmate is a loyal American or a communist spy! The largest group with no Communist spies wins the game!
If you are a Communist: Your goal is to infiltrate an “America Against Red” group. Try to earn your way into a group without being detected by your peers. You must answer questions about your background honestly, but you should tell NO ONE of your communist ties. Every Communist who successfully infiltrates a group wins!