Senator Joe McCarthy and the Communist Scare
These resources are about the McCarthy trials and the communist scare. Here you can find lesson plans, activities, source documents, biographies, video clips, and more. Included is an eThemes resource on “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller.
This short article describes the phenomenon of McCarthyism and links to the biographies of key personalities. NOTE: includes comments
PBS: Joseph McCarthy
Here is a short biography of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy, including a photograph.
PBS: Elia Kazan
Read this essay about director Elia Kazan and his testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC). There is a link to video clips and a career timeline for further information.
Here is a biography of Arthur Miller, inlcuding information about "The Crucible" and his role in McCarthyism.
PBS: Kazan, Miller, and the McCarthy Era
In this lesson plan, students can explore the connection between the McCarthy trials and the Salem witch hunts as portrayed in "The Crucible."
Teaching With Documents
View a telegram sent from Senator Joseph McCarthy to President Harry S. Truman in 1950 and Truman's reply. This site includes teaching activities and worksheets to use with these documents.
Witch Hunt or Red Menace?
This is a multi-part unit on Anticommunism in Postwar America. Examine and discuss documents and transcripts from the era. Activities and printable worksheets for the lessons are available to download.
What is Communism? Watch this movie to find out, then take the pop quiz. NOTE: This site is available by subscription only.
BrainPOP! Cold War
Was the Cold War really a war? Watch this movie with Tim and Moby, then take the pop quiz. NOTE: This site is available by subscription only.
Discovery Channel: The Contentious 50s
In this lesson student can explore issues faced by the United States when Eisenhower was president. Students can work in groups to role-play dinner time conversations that might have taken place during the 1950s.
Governments of the 50s
These maps show what kind of government systems were in use in the world during the 1950s. How did the global profile change from the beginning of the decade to the end?
eThemes Resource: Literature: "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller
These sites for high school students are focused on the Salem witch trials and "The Crucible." Was Arthur Miller's play historically accurate? Seventeenth century New England is explored and there are also some sites for teachers. Maps, videos, and audio files are found to explain the happenings at Salem in 1692.