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Another Front in the Culture War

There is a controversy brewing about a Bush nominee, and this time it isn’t a federal judgeship. Believe it or not, there’s a storm brewing over the president’s decision to nominate historian Allen Weinstein as Archivist of the United States. A number of left-wing historians, as well as Victor Navasky of The Nation have claimed that Weinstein, author of Perjury : The Hiss-Chambers Case and co-author of The Haunted Wood : Soviet Espionage in America--The Stalin Era has refused to allow examination of his notes and source materials. Typical of the attacks on him is this article by Roger Sandilands, an author who has made a career of defending the sort of New Deal-era liberals who have been accused of spying for the Soviets.

Others, including Ronald Radosh, Harvey Klehr, and John Earl Haynes, suggest that Weinstein’s real crime in the eyes of his detractors is the fact that he revealed Alger Hiss for the traitor he really was.

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