Morgan Michelli, Brittany Tran, Madison Gauthier, Connor Cavalier
Stalin grew up as an only child and very poor. His father was a shoemaker and was very abusive toward him and his mother. He, as a boy, developed smallpox, leaving facial scars. Stalin grew up to join the seminary in Russia, but was kicked out for missing exams.
RISE TO POWER!!!
In 1912, Lenin, then in exile in Switzerland, appointed Joseph Stalin to serve on the first Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party. Three years later, in November 1917, the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia. The Soviet Union was founded in 1922, with Lenin as its first leader. During these years, Stalin had continued to move up the party ladder, and in 1922 he became secretary general of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, a role that enabled him to appoint his allies to government jobs and grow a base of political support. After Lenin died in 1924, Stalin eventually outmaneuvered his rivals and won the power struggle for control of the Communist Party. By the late 1920s, he had become dictator of the Soviet Union.
UNDER STALIN'S POWER
He ruled in fear and was not afraid to eliminate anyone in his way. He wanted to rid the Communist party and sent citizens out to spy on other citizens. His name became part of the anthem and he was the only thing that you could watch on television at the time or on any radio. He was the topic of all newspapers and the subject of all art. He WAS the Soviet Union.