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Joel Augustus Brazzel
March 10th, 2010

The Age of McCarthyism Part II

Why did the entertainment industry’s blacklist have “such a broad reach”?

It was because the “professional anti-Communists” knew it was the quickest and easiest way to make the Communist threat a reality and visible to all of America by targeting their celebrities. They also knew it would be easy because the studios and networks were reluctant to be apart of anything controversial. The anti-Communists were easily able to “impose their more stringent ideological criteria” over the entertainment industry.

Based upon your reading, do you think Ethel Rosenberg was guilty and deserved the death penalty?

No, I do not believe that Ethel Rosenberg deserved the death penalty. The fact the Rosenbergs were the only two American Communists put to death seems questionable. There never was clear evidence that Ethel had been involved in Julius’ affairs. I am not saying that she was not guilty, because she was Julius’ wife, but her brothers flat out lie is family treason as presented here:

“Ten days before the start of the trial of the Rosenbergs the FBI re-interviewed David Greenglass (Ethel’s brother). He was offered a deal if he provided information against Ethel Rosenberg. This included a promise not to charge Ruth Greenglass (David’s wife) with being a member of the spy ring. Greenglass now changed his story. In his original statement, he said that he handed over atomic information to Julius Rosenberg on a street corner in New York. In his new interview, Greenglass claimed that the handover had taken place in the living room of the Rosenberg's New York flat. In her FBI interview Ruth argued that "Julius then took the info into the bathroom and read it, and when he came out he told (Ethel) she had to type this info immediately. Ethel then sat down at the typewriter... and…...

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