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Teaching Remarks to the Senate in Support of a Declaration of Conscience

Remarks to the Senate in Support of a Declaration of Conscience

The Declaration of Conscience was a speech made by Senator Margaret Chase Smith on June 1, 1950, less than four months after Senator Joe McCarthy's infamous "Wheeling Speech," on February 9, 1950. It also refers to the text of the speech itself, which was endorsed by six other moderate/liberal Republicans. In it, she criticized national leadership and called for the country, the United States Senate, and the Republican Party to re-examine the tactics used by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and (without naming him) Senator Joe McCarthy.

Margaret Chase Smith
Public Domain

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

How do rhetorical devices emphasize the speaker's concerns about McCarthyism?
STANDARDS:
RI.3 - People & Events, RI.4 - Key Terms & Tone, RI.5 - Text Structure

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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