Secret Speech Paragraph Assignment
It took about
five years, but the culmination of the de-Stalinization campaign begun
by Khrushchev in 1956 with his "Secret Speech" finally culminated on 31 October 1961 with the
removal of Stalin's corpse from the Lenin Mausoleum and its burial
along the Kremlin wall in a simple granite-covered grave. A small
marker was added in 1970.
Khrushchev's Secret Speech
(Crimes of the Stalin Era, Special Report to the 20th Congress of the Communist
Party of the Soviet Union, Closed session, February 24-25,
1956, By Nikita S. Khrushchev, First Secretary, Communist Party of the Soviet Union), also at
www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1956khrushchev-secret1.html. These are short versions of the speech. I have available the complete--45 pages or so-- version of the Secret Speech (also available as a *.pdf or *.doc file).
Answer the following question in a paragraph:
Citing specific evidence from the Secret Speech (not from the textbook), what
was the purpose of Khrushchev's revelations in the Secret Speech?
Your paragraph should be about
one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should
contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned
question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use
direct, quoted material to support your points. You
may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for
feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about
your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or
specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course
instructor following the directions
for submitting assignments.
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