Alger Hiss prison correspondence
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Other correspondents include Reverend Duane Wevill, Chester T. Lane, Sally Flanders, Robert J. Benjamin, John E. Magers, John Balfe, and Ken McCormick.
In 1948, Whittaker Chambers appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee and alleged that both he and Hiss had been members of the Communist party during the 1930s and that they had both served as spies for the Soviet Union. Though Hiss denied the charges, he became a part of a complicated series of legal battles and was eventually convicted on two counts of perjury. Hiss served a sentence of 44 months, from March 1951 to November 1954, in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in Pennsylvania. Until his death in 1996, Alger Hiss maintained his innocence and worked to clear his name.
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- Hiss, Alger. Prison Correspondence, 1951-1954: Finding Aid
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