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During the 1940s and '50s, a practice called "blacklisting" took effect in the film industry in Hollywood. Any writer, director, or actor who had previously belonged to the Communist party could not find work. Investigate this reactionary stage of American history and examine it from all sides: the government prosecutors,...

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During the 1940s and '50s, a practice called "blacklisting" took effect in the film industry in Hollywood. Any writer, director, or actor who had previously belonged to the Communist party could not find work. Investigate this reactionary stage of American history and examine it from all sides: the government prosecutors, the accused, the informants, and the sympathizers.

The word "Siberia" conjures up a vision of an endless snowcovered plain and cold blue sky. Make a map of the camp Solzhenitsyn describes and plan an escape. Then, using a real map, choose a place in Siberia where the camp might have been located and plan an escape route out of the former USSR to freedom.

Compare and contrast capitalism and communism. Remember that capitalism needs a free-market society in order to operate. How does each philosophy regard man, how does it effect the resulting culture, and what are the economic pluses and minuses of each?

Find copies of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by different translators and compare a section of text that could suggest subtle but slightly different interpretations. Discuss and demonstrate the problems of studying literature in translation.

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