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The Rosenberg Trial

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Transcript of The Rosenberg Trial

The Rosenberg Trial
The Rosenberg Trial: An Overview
On July 17, 1950, Julius Rosenberg, an electrical engineer and employee for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, was arrested for giving atomic secrets to Russia. Julius’ wife, Ethel was also arrested on August 11 for assisting her husband with these activities. The Rosenbergs, were former members of the American Communist Party. They were accused by Ethel’s brother-in-law, David Greenglass and a Philadelphia chemist, Harry Gold, who admitted to being involved in the activities and served as the primary witnesses in the trial. The evidence against the Rosenbergs was not entirely substantial. It included conflicting stories by Gold and Greenglass as well as some vague drawings that Greenglass presented as being identical to the secrets passed by Julius to the Soviets. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death under the Espionage Act of 1917.
The Cold War Museum- The Rosenberg Trial
This article was written by one of the writers from The Cold War Museum. The museum is dedicated to preserve the history from the Cold War as well as honor those who fought in it and provide a place of research for those that want to learn more about it. The main purpose of the article was to give an explanation of what the Rosenberg Trial was and give some background information on it. The article did not show much bias and it really allowed for the reader to form their own opinon. They did state the opinions of those during the time and presented facts without showing their view. This article is designed for more of an older audience that has an interest in The Cold War and this trial in particular and similar information could probably be found in a textbook or encylcopedia.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Convicted of Spying and Sentenced to Death
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Convicted of Spying and Sentenced to Death
This news reel was published by PublicDomainFootage on March 29, 2011 however the original creator of this reel is not known except for that it is from 1951. This reel was created to inform the people of the time of what was going on with the Rosenberg Trial and what it actually was about. It all led up to the revealing of their sentence. Although the voice over remained mostly unbiased throughout the clip, his use of the word "spies" at the end shows that he agrees with the sentence and the accusation against the Rosenbergs. This intermediate intelligence level newscast was intended for the viewers of this 1951 show and for those interested in world affairs, especially regarding the red scare. Unlike the average textbook, this primary source was much more interesting to watch as it was during the time of the trial, making it appear much more real, especially with the clips of the people intertwined into it.
The Trial + The Crucible
In the Crucible, many people were accused based on weak or false evidence. The Rosenbergs were sentenced to death for a crime that many believed they did not commit. Many of the accused and sentenced in the Crucible were put to their death based on faulty evidence.
Works Cited
"The Cold War Museum." <i>Cold War Museum</i>. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 2013. &lt;http://www.coldwar.org/articles/50s/TheRosenbergTrial.asp&gt;.

PublicDomainFootage. "Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Convicted of Spying Sentenced to Death PublicDomainFootage.com." Online video clip.
YouTube. YouTube, 29 Marr. 2011. Web. 2 Nov 2013.
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