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Was The Rosenberg Trial A Fair Trial?

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Was the Rosenberg trial a fair trial? This has been a very controversial and debated question throughout the 20th century. Many people believe that the Rosenbergs where innocent but had an unfair trial. Others believe that the Rosenbergs had a fair trial and are guilty because of their involvement with espionage and the Soviet Union. Overall the Trial is still a very controversial because of their involvement with communism, their convictions of espionage, and their show of treason against he United States with the Soviets. Before the Rosenbergs were convicted of espionage, events took place first that made America anti-Communism. According to Douglas Linder, on March 1917 the Russian ...view middle of the document...

The Rosenbergs, like most American families had big dreams. According to Douglas Linder, Julius's father wanted him to be a rabbi. Julius however wanted to be an engineer. Julius Rosenberg then went to City College in New York to study engineering. Ethel had dreams of her own. According to Megan Barnett, Ethel wanted to be a singer. Ethel Rosenberg worked as a secretary for a shipping company. Ethel’s brother, David Greenglass was a soldier-machinist who was told to work in Los Santos.
Ethel met Julius at the Young Communist League. The Rosenbergs' had their religion in common. According to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were both Jewish. Julius and Ethel were married in the summer of 1939. Julius and Ethel had two sons, Robert and Michael. The Rosenbergs were considered by many as a harmless Jewish family. However, the Rosenbergs' work life did not go well; it might have been because they were part of the communist party. The machine shop of the Rosenbergs failed in 1947 (Douglas Linder). Julius worked with radar equipment in the Army Signal Corps. According to Thomas Reeves on page 481, Julius Rosenberg was fired by the army because he was a communist in 1947.
The events leading up to the arrest of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are as followed. Klaus Fuchs was arrested for sharing information with the Soviet Union about the atomic bomb. Next, the federal investigators were led to David Greenglass (Megan Barnett). According to Douglas Linder, Greenglass drew sketches of high explosive lens molds for the Soviets. After that, he said a sketch was drawn of an atom bomb. Furthermore, the Manhattan Project was a nuclear project. The Manhattan Project reached J. Edgar Hoover, an FBI agent (Megan Barnett). According to Douglas Linder, the Manhattan Project was a plan to develop an atomic bomb. David Greenglass was one of few chosen to work in Manhattan on a project (Douglas Linder).
Once David Greenglass was found by the feds he instantly threw the Rosenbergs under the bus. According to Douglas Linder, Greenglass said Julius was the one who got him to be a spy in May or June 1950. Greenglass claimed Ethel possessed U.S. nuclear secrets in her apartment. Greenglass also said his sister typed letters of top secret information for the Soviets. David Greenglass was the main reason the Rosenbergs were ever suspected of being spies. He mostly claimed that Julius was involved in most of the spy work and Ethel was a secretary to him. Ethel's brother, David Greenglass, accused her and Julius of giving information to the Soviet Union (Megan Barnett). The FBI then interviewed Julius Rosenberg on June 16, 1950.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were accused of working for the Soviet Union as spies and were killed for it. The conviction of the Rosenbergs was March 29, 1951. The Rosenbergs denied all charges of being spies (Megan Barnett). And so, the trial began. In addition, the Rosenbergs judge was Judge Irving Kaufman. According to Douglas...

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