The United States is a relatively young country. As a result of this basic fact, the United States has been forced to rapidly change and adapt to various aspects of statecraft that it may not have immense experience in. One of these areas is the idea of protecting state secrets. While spying and counter espionage have always been a part of the United States’ history perhaps the most well-known example of US espionage efforts was the almost five decade period of the Cold War. During this period, particularly the early 1950s and late 1940s, the United States entered a period of intense scrutiny of state secrets and the efforts made to protect them. Public events such as the Alger Hiss and Rosenberg Trials, and the CIA’s role within them had a profound impact on US culture. In this thesis I will examine the impact of the CIA’s efforts to prevent state secrets from being stolen by Communist agents in the United States and the profound impact this had on American culture.






History | United States History


CIA, domestic espionage, cultural impact

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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