Alger Hiss to Robert Knowles letter
Scope and Contents
The Alger Hiss to Robert Knowles letter, June 8, 1973, documents Hiss's thoughts on a speech given by an individual named Williams at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. The speech covers economic history and theory. Hiss thanks Robert Knowles for sending the speech transcript to him and lays out his various disagreements with Williams. He refers to specific statements in the transcript, asking Knowles what he thinks about them while offering his own opinions. Hiss criticizes Williams's connection between Adam Smith's economic theories and the Cold War and his lack of evidence to back up claims about Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower.
- 1973 June 8
- Hiss, Alger, 1904-1996 (Person)
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The Alger Hiss to Robert Knowles letter is the physical property of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Notre Dame Library. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.
Biographical / Historical
Alger Hiss was born November 11, 1904 in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1929. Hiss became a government attorney in 1933 and worked his way up to Director of the State Department's Office of Special Political Affairs in 1944. In 1946, he became President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he remained until he was forced to step down in 1949. Hiss was accused of espionage and Communist Party membership by Whittaker Chambers in 1948. He denied the accusations as well as contact with Chambers during his testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities on August 5, 1948. He admitted to knowing Chambers under a different name after seeing his picture. Hiss was charged with two counts of perjury and sentenced to five years in prison following two trials. He was disbarred while serving three years and eight months in prison. After his release, Hiss worked for stationery companies in New York City. He maintained his innocence until his death in November 1996. Historical information adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alger_Hiss.
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The Alger Hiss to Robert Knowles letter, June 8, 1973, documents Hiss's thoughts on a speech given by an individual named Williams at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Alger Hiss graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1929. He is best known for being accused of espionage and Communist Party membership in 1948 and being convicted and sentenced to prison for perjury committed during his trials.
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