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Jewish Radicalism and the Red Scare

Unit 1 , Lesson 7

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Jewish Radicalism and the Red Scare

Enduring understandings: 
  • American Jewish culture in the 20th century was shaped by radical politics and its backlash.
  • American Jews in the entertainment industry shaped American popular culture in the first half of the 20th century.
Essential questions: 
  • What is the relationship between Jewish immigrants and radical politics in the early 20th century? Why were so many radicals Jewish?
  • What was the role of radicalism in creating an American Jewish secular identity?
  • What was the impact of McCarthyism on American Jewish secular identity?
  • What was the role of Jewish creative labor in shaping American popular culture, such as the movie industry?
Materials required: 
  • Copies for each student of the Lesson 7 Introductory Essay
  • Copies for each student of the Lesson 7 Document Study and Handout (optional)
  • Technology set-up for showing film clips in the classroom, if this is not assigned as homework
  • Technology for making videos, unless students will only write screenplays and perform them in class live
  • Paper, pens, and markers for storyboards
  • Costumes and props (may be brought in by students)

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Living the Legacy - Lesson: Jewish Radicalism and the Red Scare." (Viewed on April 24, 2014) <http://jwa.org/teach/livingthelegacy/labor/jewish-radicalism-and-red-scare>.