Paranoia in Post-War America: Analyzing Cartoons from the 1950s

Paranoia in Post-War America: Analyzing Cartoons from the 1950s
Paranoia in Post-War America: Analyzing Cartoons from the 1950s
Paranoia in Post-War America: Analyzing Cartoons from the 1950s
Paranoia in Post-War America: Analyzing Cartoons from the 1950s
Paranoia in Post-War America: Analyzing Cartoons from the 1950s
Paranoia in Post-War America: Analyzing Cartoons from the 1950s
Paranoia in Post-War America: Analyzing Cartoons from the 1950s
Paranoia in Post-War America: Analyzing Cartoons from the 1950s
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This lesson examines three political cartoons from the Post-WWII era. It includes a vocabulary/terminology overview, guiding questions for three primary source cartoons, and a recommended essay prompt for the conclusion of the lesson. Students walk away understanding the political turmoil and social unrest of this era and are able to make greater connections to similar issues in America's past and present. I generally pair this activity while studying The Crucible and when reviewing McCarthyism.

Here is the list of terms and themes that are reviewed:

1. Senator McCarthy/McCarthyism
2. Communism
3. Red Scare
4. Cold War
5. Alien Registration Act
6. Un-American Act
7. Blacklisting
8. Mass Hysteria
9. Propaganda
10. Satire
11. Conformity
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5 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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