Learning Exercise

The Rosenberg Trials

The Rosenbergs were convicted of giving to the Soviet Union the knowledge to built the atomic bomb. This site examines whether or not they were guiltu.
Course: U.S. History

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Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL down to the bottom of the page. CLICK " Rosenberg Trial." READ "A Trial Account." Answer the following questions: 1. Who were Julius and Ethel Rosenberg?, 2. What were they charged with?, 3. Who were David and Ruth Greenglass?, 4.Who were Robert and Michael Meeropol?, 5. What were the key pieces of evidence against the Rosembergs?, 6. Summarize the defense arguments for the Rosenbergs?, 7. Summarize the prosecution arguements, 8. What was the court's decision?, 9. Why was the case appealed and on what basis?, 10. What was the fate of the Rosenbergs?, 11. Did they get a fair trail?, 12. What is the most recent evidence about the trial? 13. What does the trial tell us about the United States in the 1950s?

Technical Notes





Atomic Bomb; Cold War; Julius and Ethel Rosenberg; Dwight Eisenhower.

Learning Objectives

To evaluate whether or not the Rosenbergs were given a fair trial convicting them of giving the Soviet Union Atomic Bomb secrets.