Your assignment is to write a paper about a specific aspect of one of the following periods/actions in which governmental power was placed above personal freedoms supposedly for the national interest:
Various legislation during the McCarthy Era of the 1950s.
Since there are numerous books written on all these topics, you’ll want to find a researchable, creative angle that is appropriate for the length of assignment (5-6 pages, a minimum of 1,250 words, not including the bibliography).For example, you can focus on the historical context and rationale that led to the government’s actions. Or, you could focus on one or several of the individuals who argued for these actions and examine their motivations. Alternately, you could write about how individuals or groups of Americans were affected by these actions. Another option is to look at resistance movements against the government’s actions. Still other possible angles could be to compare and contrast some aspect of one of these actions with another sanctioned violation of liberties that occurred previously in United States history, or to examine how economic or racial issues shaped federal policies at the time.
Whatever instance you choose of government suppression of liberties, you’ll want to base your argument on thorough research, start with a clear thesis, and eventually draw some important conclusions about the vulnerable state of civil liberties in times of crisis.
You must use at least two primary sources (official documents, letters, diaries, interviews, etc. from the time period) and at least three secondary sources (books and articles). Remember, "Wikipedia" and similar information sites along with blogs and etc. are not credible secondary sources. All sources and direct quotes must be documented in Chicago Style (CMS), which is used in history.
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