TRIALS: I Do Not Intend to Turn My Back

Within a span of six hours one day last week, the case of the U.S. v. Alger Hiss became a major political issue.

In a quiet Manhattan courtroom, Hiss was sentenced to five years in prison. Hiss scarcely had time to post $10,000 bail and file an appeal before Secretary of State Dean Acheson set off the storm. At a crowded press conference in Washington, Acheson went to the defense of the former top State Department official whom a federal jury had convicted of perjury and thus found, guilty of stealing State documents to...

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