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The Dot Activity


1. How did you feel, when your received a blank piece of paper? A dot?

2. What methods did your use to determine who had a dot?

3. Given that there was no way to know for sure who was or was not a dot, why did you try so hard to
convince others that certain class members were dots?

4. What emotions fueled this activity? Can you think of anytime in history when something like this
occurred?

HUAC & the Hollywood Ten:


 HUAC- House Un-American Activities Committee
 Congressional Committee whose original purpose was to
investigate ALL radical groups in the U.S., including fascist
and socialist, but over time it came to focus only on the
communist threat.

 Hollywood Ten was a group of screenwriters who were


accused of being Communist during the McCarthy Era
 They did not cooperate with the House Un-American
Activities Committee's investigation,
 They refused to admit to being in the Communist Party
 They wouldnt provide any names of others who might be
Communists

 Punished!
 The ten were fined and sentenced to a year in jail.
 They were also blacklisted from working in the film industry
in Hollywood, until the 1960's when the ban was lifted.

HUAC INVESTIGATIONS
What was the artist trying to
communicate about HUAC
in this cartoon?

What does the car represent?

What is happening to the


people who are in the cars
path?

HUAC was part of what part of the U.S.__


government?________________________
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What was the Hollywood Tens crime? ___
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What does Blacklisted mean? _________
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What do you think was the artist opinion


about HUAC based on this cartoon? ___
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Do you think people should be fired, ___
blacklisted or otherwise punished for___
their political beliefs in the U.S.?______
Explain your answer.________________
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Who is Joseph McCarthy?


 Republican Senator
 Famous anti-Communist
activists
 Why did he do this?
 He wanted to be reelected, so
he needed a good issue
 He claimed that Communist
were taking over the
government
Claimed he had a list of
205 known Communist
working in the U.S.
Department of State.
 His tactics:
 Sensationalism
 Bullying

McCarthyism:
The practice of publicizing accusations of
political disloyalty with little to no
evidence
1950-1954
What happen then?
People got sick of it!
They didnt like the way he treated people in
the courts.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
 What should our countrys leaders be
more focused on protecting security
of the nation or freedom of the
nations people? Should this change?
Should it remain the same? Why?

What evidence did McCarthy produce to___


support his claims?_____________________
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Why do you think he chose the people he___
accused?_____________________________
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What does sensationalism mean? _________
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Why do you think some people were not


willing to stand up against Senator_____
McCarthy and his for Communist?_____
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How did television hurt or help Senator_
McCarthy?________________________
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