FBI File: Alger Hiss/Whittaker Chambers
This file depicts the machinations of the many characters involved in a typical McCarthy-era communist witch-hunt. In this file, trails of evidence are followed through correspondence between supposed communist party members and sympathizers, and interviews with associates of the accused. Handwriting samples are analyzed, denials and finger-pointing are rampant, and HUAC testimonies flow as a litany of "who met with whom, where and when, what was said, and most importantly, were/are you a communist?" The Alger Hiss/Whittaker Chambers file provides valuable insight into the Red Scare, the McCarthy Era and the domestic side of the Cold War.