Rosenberg Trial and Execution

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Rosenberg Trial and Execution


Russian America, Part 2


In 1950, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were arrested for allegedly passing nuclear secrets to the soviets. The two were convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 and sentenced to death. Despite concerns over the quality of the convicting evidence and public opinion in favor of clemency, the Rosenbergs were executed by electric chair on June 19, 1953. The Rosenberg trial and execution took place during the heart of the “Red Scare,” a period of paranoia over communist activity in America that took place from 1947- 1954.
The Russian presence in America served as a source of tension in the aftermath of opposition between the countries and laid grounds for future disruptions in foreign relations.


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July 17, 1950-June 19, 1953

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~3 years

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Arrest and Trial


Julius Rosenberg
Ethel Rosenberg


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