Red Scare: Students Investigate the First Red Scare, Communism, & Capitalism!
This lesson on the Red Scare is included in the Roaring '20s, 1930s, and Great Depression Bundle, located here:
Roaring 20s, 1930s, Great Depression Bundle! 8 Fun Resources for the 20s & 30s!
as well as the Cold War Resource Bundle, located here:
Cold War Resource Bundle! 11 engaging Cold War resources to promote learning!
In this highly-engaging lesson, students investigate the first Red Scare in United States history by completing two focused and engaging activities. First, students read a text focused on the role of Karl Marx and Frederic Engels (Manifesto of the Communist Party), the idea of communism, how it compares to capitalism, and the system’s strengthens and weaknesses. Then, students analyze a timeline of major events in this history of communism, its impact in Russia with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, its spread to China, the role of A. Mitchell Palmer, the Wall Street bombings, the Sacco and Vanzetti trials, and a variety of other events that occurred in the United States to create the first “Red Scare.” Guiding questions are included with each activity to encourage student thinking and debate. Both activities easily lead to in-depth class discussions and encourage outside-the-box thinking skills.
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