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The Alger Hiss Story: Search for the Truth


This site is dedicated to discussion of the Alger Hiss case and to proving that Hiss was innocent. Visitors are introduced to the case and the site in a 1,200-word essay. A 1,300-word biographical essay leads to an album of 36 Hiss family photographs and seven essays in which friends of Hiss, including site editor Jeff Kisseloff, remember Hiss. In an 800-word essay, Kisseloff discusses the Grand Jury testimony, including links to five pages of excerpted and annotated testimony. Visitors may view facsimiles of five of the "pumpkin papers" with Hiss's humorous annotations and ten video clips of newsreels, trial scenes, and interviews with friends of Hiss. The site provides a bibliography of 27 books about the case, 65 books about Cold War politics and culture, and three works of fiction. The site links to 35 other sites about the Hiss case and the Cold War. A section for teachers is under development. The site cannot be searched by subject but is otherwise easy to navigate. This site offers an interesting introduction to the case for high school and college students, but should be balanced with other materials that do not share its bias.