Owen Lattimore and Integrity: A Very Interesting and Satisfying Life
In this lesson, students will review the actions of Owen Lattimore in challenging Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s. Accused of being the “top Russian espionage agent in America” at the height of McCarthyism, Lattimore demonstrated his sense of integrity by fighting to clear his reputation and demanding a hearing before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. He boldly challenged the lies that Senator Joseph McCarthy and others told about him. Students will achieve the following objectives.
The government must interact with all citizens according to the duly-enacted laws; applying these rules equally among all citizens.
Inalienable / Natural Rights
Freedoms which belong to us by nature and can only be justly taken away through due process.
Citizens are best able to pursue happiness when government is confined to those powers which protect their life, liberty, and property.
Rule of Law
Government and citizens all abide by the same laws regardless of political power. Those laws respect individual rights, are transparently enacted, are justly applied, and are stable.