Spy cases Inflame the Nation By: Michael fox & Joseph Norman

  • During the Cold War fear of Soviet spies was rampant.
  • In 1948 HUAC investigated Alger Hiss who was a government official before he left.
  • But too much time had passed to press charges but he was convicted for pergery and went to prison for four years.
  • Many Americans were convinced he was guilty and to them it proved there was a communist threat to the US.
  • A few months later Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were accused of passing atomic secrets to the Soviets.
  • After a controversial trial they were executed this event inflamed anti-communist passions
  • This trial was hotly debated.

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