analyzing source 1

Read the provided source carefully, and think about (1) the historical context in which this document was produced, (2) the reasons and significance of its content (what it says, shows, demonstrates, etc.), and (3) the broader historical significance of this document for historians trying to understand this part of the past, as well as its impact on our contemporary world.

This assignment gives students the chance to analyze a propaganda poster describing the danger of socialism to America. Prior to analyzing this source, students should be sure they understand what Foner writes about when he discusses “McCarthyism” and the Second Red Scare that swept over the country in the early Cold War, particularly who was affected by anti-communist paranoia.

As you write, follow these guidelines:

  • Provide concrete examples from the readings to support what you say
  • Integrate personal observations and knowledge in an accurate and highly insightful way
  • Present new observations
  • Make sure your writing is well-organized
  • Present information in a logical sequence
  • Use appropriate word choice and sentence structure.