National Affairs: The Alger Hiss Issue

In the closing days of the campaign, the long-simmering "softness to Communists" issue finally came to full boil. Two weeks before, the Republicans had opened an all-out attack with a nationwide TV broadcast in which Richard Nixon detailed Adlai Stevenson's part as a character witness in the first Alger Hiss trial, and concluded: "His actions, his statements, his record disqualify him from leading . . . the fight against Communism at home and abroad . . ." Last week the Democrats launched a defense and counterattack.

At Cleveland, Adlai Stevenson set out to explain...

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