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      Britannica Online School Edition

      Do an initial search using United States as your search term. Navigate to The United States since 1945 - The peak Cold War years, 1945-1960 to source information about the 1950s.

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      LIFE Magazine
      • Life published by Time Inc is a photographic magazine that chronicles through images the 20th Century. Google books provides free access to issues from 1936 - 1972. These can be searched either as a collection or within a specific issue. By looking at the 1950s issues a snapshot of the time and an insight into society and current events of interest t osociety at that time can be viewed.
      History Matters
      A great site with a lot of primary documents including testimony from the HUAC hearings.
        McCarthy Transcripts
        A collection of transcripts from McCarthy's hearings released by the Senate.
          The Red Scare
          A look at the Red Scare with an emphasis on the Washington State branch of the communist party.
            The Red Scare
            The History Channel page on the Red Scare with links to photos and other documents.
              Blacklists and other economic sanctions
              An excerpt on the Blacklist.



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