Thursday, 14 May 2015

History 12-1: Khrushchev and and McCarthy

Today we began by debriefing the Falk exercise from yesterday on Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Next, we used a PPT on Khrushchev to expand our learning and introduce ourselves to the idea of "peaceful co-existence." We then used Herb Block's political cartoons to examine the McCarthy era while honing our analysis skills. We ended the class by reading a translation of an East German article from 1962 identifying the reasons why the Berlin Wall was a good and necessary thing. I asked students to write a short summary statement to condense each argument. We will discuss the Wall and the Cuban crisis tomorrow. In order to synthesize your understanding of the Red Scare, please read DeMarco pp. 196-9 and do Ex #1 for homework.

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