Hiss Looks Back
1974, Alger Hiss was interviewed by James Day for the public
television series Day At Night. Click
here to read an edited transcript of the interview,
which reveals Hiss's long-held faith in democracy as influenced
by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.
In 1980, as tension ran high in America with the presidential
elections playing out over the long-running Iranian hostage
crisis, Alger Hiss examined the McCarthy period for Barrister
magazine, a publication of the American Bar Association. In
this analysis of the period, Hiss examines the roots of witch
hunting and addresses the question, "Could it happen
again?" Click here
to read the article.
one of the last surviving participants in the Yalta Conference
and a lightning rod for criticism aimed at FDR's foreign policies,
Hiss often made a point of defending the agreements made between
the U.S. and Russia at Yalta in 1945. Click
here to read a brief article on Yalta he wrote for
The Nation in 1982 or here
to read a New York Times article about Hiss's work
at the UN.
the Public Eye
here to read more about America at the time
of the Hiss case
here for a Timeline
of Hiss's life
Brief Biography of
Hiss was born on November 11, 1904 in Baltimore, Maryland.
He was the fourth of five children. In 1907, his father,
an executive with a dry goods firm, committed suicide, leaving
the children to be raised by their mother and her sister...Click
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