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The Alger Hiss Story

During the height of the McCarthy era, a wide range of persons was brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee to answer charges that they were (or had been) involved in Communist activities. One of the most well-known individuals called before the Committee was Alger Hiss, who was serving as the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace when he was called to answer these charges in 1948. Despite the fact that Hiss denied the charges, he was convicted in a second trial and served 44 months before being released in 1954. With that bit of background, visitors will no doubt want to visit this fine site, which is designed to be a well-developed portal for access to primary information about Alger Hiss, the Hiss case, and the early Cold War years. Visitors can start by reading an introductory essay about Hiss and his life, then continue on to the virtual courtroom, where they may learn about the case in its full historical context, then move on to examine various pieces of evidence from the case. Another helpful resource here is a "cast listing" of all the participants and persons involved with the case, which will also be quite helpful as users peruse the many documents and essays. Overall, this is a very well done site, and one that will be of great interest to persons with a keen eye for legal and Cold War history.
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Date of Scout Publication 1999-11-30
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