Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs: The Controversial Trials of the Alleged Soviet Spies at the Height of the Red Scare

ISBN: 9781515069942
*Includes pictures
*Includes accounts of the trial and key parts of the testimony
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

"I am amazed; until the day I die I shall wonder how Whittaker Chambers got into my house to use my typewriter.” – Alger Hiss

"This death sentence is not surprising. It had to be. There had to be a Rosenberg case, because there had to be an intensification of the hysteria in America to make the Korean War acceptable to the American people. There had to be hysteria and a fear sent through America in order to get increased war budgets. And there had to be a dagger thrust in the heart of the left to tell them that you are no longer gonna get five years for a Smith Act prosecution or one year for contempt of court, but we're gonna kill ya!” – Julius Rosenberg

Shortly after World War II, Congress’ House Committee on Un-American Activities began investigating Americans across the country for suspected ties to Communism. Among the people called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, none are as controversial as Alger Hiss. Hiss had graduated from Harvard Law, after which he worked as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, worked in the Roosevelt administration for the Agricultural Adjustment Association, and was Head of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. That background didn’t exactly sound like one held by a Soviet spy, let alone a Communist, but Elizabeth Bentley, a former Communist, notified the Committee about a suspected spy ring and named several names, including Hiss. More notably, Hiss was also accused of being a Communist and Soviet spy by an admitted Communist, Whittaker Chambers.
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