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Author: Doreen Rappaport
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Title: The Alger Hiss Trial (Be the Judge/Be the Jury)
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Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; 1st edition (September 1, 1993)
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The Alger Hiss Trial (Be the Judge/Be the Jury) by Doreen Rappaport



First, Rappaport sets the stage (Who was Alger Hiss? Who was his accuser, Whittaker Chambers? How did Americans feel about Communism in 1948?). Doreen Rappaport has written many books for young adults. These are a condensed version that provides a summary for adults and references in the Bibliography. The chapters are unnumbered. In 1948 Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss of being a spy.

Doreen Rappaport did a superb job on this one. It is incredibly non-biased, though it leans from side to side. One minute it convinces you that Alger Hiss was guilty, and the next you're positive that he was guilty. All in all, a very good book.

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Series Statement: Be the judge/be the jury. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index. Personal Name: Rappaport, Doreen. Be the judge/be the jury.

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The jury returned its verdict on the afternoon of January 20, 1950: "We find the defendant guilty on the first count and guilty on the second. Alger Hiss, who had "high hopes" for an acquittal, sat quietly with his wife as Judge Goddard thanked the jury for their "just verdict. Five days later, the judge imposed the maximum sentence of five years. Before he did so, Hiss made a brief statement in which he expressed confidence "that in the future the full facts of how Whittaker Chambers was able to carry out forgery by typewriter will be disclosed.

Learn vocabulary, terms and more with flashcards, games and other study tools. Wrote play that romanticized communism - Became writer for NY times - Recruited as a Soviet Spy, carried documents from spies in . Lincoln Brigade in Spanish Civil Wa. .The Red Scare (1919). Nationwide fear of Communism.

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A reconstruction of the Alger Hiss trial, using testimony from edited transcripts of the trial, during which the reader can assume the role of juror
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Matty
The Alger Hiss Trial, Doreen Rappaport

Doreen Rappaport has written many books for young adults. These are a condensed version that provides a summary for adults and references in the Bibliography. The testimony in this book was edited from the trial transcript, the most important facts and contradictions were included (by the author). The chapters are unnumbered. In 1948 Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss of being a spy. Hiss denied this and also not seeing him since 1936. Hiss was indicted for perjury, the first trial didn't reach a verdict. "Before the Trial" gives background information about Communists and other parts of the New Deal. There was an attack on the policies of the New Deal by those who sought personal gain (like Richard Nixon). Chambers produced typed copies of State Department cables and four notes in Hiss' handwriting for proof of his claims. Later he added microfilms that had been hidden in a pumpkin.

The second perjury trial was held in New York city, their newspapers were hostile to Hiss. If the Hiss typewriter was given away in December 1937 it could not have been used to type documents after January 1, 1938 (p.37). Only Whittaker Chambers claimed Hiss was a spy. Chambers' life had a checkered past and described a friendship (pp.43-44). Chambers added new facts to his story (p.49) and explained his past lies (p.52). Security at the State Department was not strict in 1935-1938. Esther Chambers' memory got better after the first trial (p.74). The defense sought to show Chambers lied. A neighbor of the Hisses never heard anyone use a typewriter (p.99). The paint color contradicted Esther's testimony. The old typewriter was in poor condition. Witnesses denied Esther's story about the visits of the Hisses (pp.106-109). [Why was Hiss so kind to a stranger? Could Chambers have been a persuasive con man?]

A psychiatrist testified against Whittaker Chambers' character as a "psychopath" (he stole books from Columbia Library and documents from the federal government). The Defense's Closing Statements criticized Chambers' stories for their lack of corroboration (p.147). [This summary excludes facts about Chambers' personal history.] The Prosecution's Closing Statements emphasized Chambers' testimony that was corroborated. "Did the FBI get all that information for them?" Stealing documents allows another country to break our codes (p.157). After 24 hours the jury decided on a guilty verdict. Was it "forgery by typewriter" (p.163)? The defense appealed the verdict, it was turned down. A petition to set aside the verdict was rejected. The serial number of the typewriter used in the trial was made years after the Hiss typewriter was bought in 1927 (p.170). This was not discovered until years afterward.

In 1972 a Russian General and historian said their records did not show Alger Hiss was ever recruited as an agent of the Soviet Union. [No mention of Chambers?] Hiss wrote "In the Court of Public Opinion" which had pictures of the typewriter keys used to forge evidence against him. If you have the original document (exemplar) you can create a typewriter to mimic it. Those microfilms produced by Chambers had a serial number showing they were produced around 1945, making them forgeries too. But the manufacturer said serial numbers could be repeated so they could have been from ten years earlier. [But the quality and chemical composition of pre-war film would be different from post-war products.] Around 1963 the book "Room 3603" was published. It told about British counter-intelligence activities such as forging typewritten documents.
Doomwarden
Doreen Rappaport did a superb job on this one. It is incredibly non-biased, though it leans from side to side. One minute it convinces you that Alger Hiss was guilty, and the next you're positive that he was guilty. Its amazing (and a little scary) that this trial is still contraversial, even though Hiss died in 1997. All in all, a very good book. I recomend it.