Who Is Ethel Rosenberg's Convictions?

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To what extent was Ethel Rosenberg betrayed by her family, country, the media and her own conviction? Background of Ethel Rosenberg Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg was born September 28, 1915 in New York City to Barnet and Tessie Greenglass. Ethelʼs father ran a sewing machine repair shop. Her father was barely able to provide for his wife and four children. The Greenglass family lived in a shabby tenement that was unheated. Although Ethel was the only daughter, she showed that she was a strong willed and intelligent girl. Ethel attended a religious school, Downtown Talmud Torah, and then Seward Park High School, where she graduated the age of only fifteen (Meeropol 102) Immediately after finishing school,Ethel became a clerk for a shipping company.…show more content…
Ethel was not just activist at work, she was also very interested in politics. She joined the Young Communist League and eventually became a member of the American Communist Party. In addition to her job as a clerk, Ethel enjoyed singing, alone as well as with a choir. Ethel was waiting to go on stage to sing at a New Years Eve benefit when she first met Julius Rosenberg. The couple was married not long after the summer of 1939. Ethel stopped working once Julius and herself were married. Instead, she stayed home with their two sons Michael and Robert (Meeropol 104). Background of the Trial The Rosenberg Trial is a accumulation of many stories in one. It is the “story of betrayal, a love story, a spy story, a story of a family torn apart and a story of a governments overreaching”. This case began in the early 1950ʼs with cold war tensions and headlines covering the front of newspapers. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were on trial for committing “The Crime of the Century”, and they were later put to death by the electric chair by what many believed to be a prejudice court. The

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