Voices Of History by the Bill of Rights Institute

Heroes and Villains

Founders and the Constitution

Liberty and Security in Modern Times

In this lesson, students will use primary source documents to examine and analyze the anti-communist behaviors that characterized American public life following World War II.
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Handout A: First Amendment, U.S. Constitution, 1791
Handout B: Liberty and Security: Civil Liberties and McCarthyism
Handout C: House Un-American Activities Committee Mission Statement, 1948
Handout D: The Alien Registration Act of 1940, also called the Smith Act
Handout E: Internal Security Bill of 1950, also called the McCarran Act
Handout F: Truman’s Veto of the Internal Security Bill, September 22, 1950
Handout G: Dennis v. United States (1951) Chief Justice Vinson; a 6 - 2 Decision
Handout H: “McCarthy Cries Again,” Collier’s, August 2, 1952
Handout I: Edward R. Murrow, See It Now, March 9, 1954
Handout J: Follow-up Introductory Essay: Liberty and Security in Modern Times
Answer Key
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