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can anyone help me? it's about richard nixon..?

can anyone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE edit my essay ? 10 points i promise.. its just some of the sentences are just really awkward and i don't know what to do about them...

its supposed to explain how the alger hiss case launched nixon's political career...

Whittaker Chambers was a man who was “undistinguished in appearance and in background.” He was merely a “poorly dressed, pudgy” editor of Time magazine. Alger Hiss, on the other hand, was “a graduate of Harvard Law School, clerk to a Supreme Court Justice, an aide to Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Yalta conference.” He was the epitome of eastern establishment. It was Chambers who confessed his association with the Communist party and named Alger Hiss among others as well. However, nearly 90 percent of the audience believed that Hiss was innocent and that Chambers had lied. America was fooled by Alger Hiss’s façade - all except one. Richard Nixon, a mere first term congressman from California, catapulted his career by revealing the seditious crimes of the renowned New Deal lawyer Alger Hiss.

Richard Nixon was a self made man. He came from a relatively poor family of five boys and attended Whittier High school finishing third in his class. Although he hoped to qualify for a tuition scholarship to study at Yale University, Nixon could not leave his Southern California residence because his older brother’s fight against tuberculosis exhausted the family’s finances. Therefore he attended Whittier College to major in history. Sometime in his senior year, Nixon applied and was accepted to Duke University Law School. Paying off various fees proved difficult but he saved money by living very cheaply. He rented a room costing five dollars a month and saved money by eating a Milky Way bar for breakfast, shaving in the library, and showering in the gym. By graduation, Nixon promptly paid all fees and finished third out of the twenty-six in his class . Returning to Whittier to practice law, he met Thelma Catherine (Pat) Ryan and married in 1940. Nixon joined the navy in 1942, serving as an officer in the Pacific and rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. Following his return in 1946, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Richard Nixon was a member of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) when Whittaker Chambers came clean in 1948.

Nixon was the only one who believed Whittaker Chamber’s accusation that Alger Hiss gave copies of confidential documents to the Communists. Throughout this controversy of internal security, Nixon’s role was beyond question. On August 5, 1948 Hiss pleaded innocent. It was Nixon alone who was unimpressed and doubted Hiss’s credibility. From there, Nixon and five others had taken the responsibility to pursue this case. It was Nixon who prepared for Alger Hiss and Chambers to square off in New York’s Hotel Commodore and it was there that Nixon’s interrogation broke down Hiss’s veracity. He wore down Hiss’s denials of ever knowing “a man by the name of Whittaker Chambers.” by there simply being a relationship with a “George Crosley.” From Chambers, Nixon was able to extract details about the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Hiss and Hiss’s hobby of bird watching, as well as the questioning dislocation of an automobile – all of which won over the rest of the HUAC. To validate his testimony, Chambers went to Brooklyn to recover stolen government documents - some typewritten, some handwritten and some on microfilm - that he had safeguarded at the apartment of his wife’s nephew ten years earlier. Chambers, “with a sense of theatrics as well as in the interest of security”, placed these files in a hollowed-out pumpkin at his Maryland farm to prevent it being uncovered by Justice Department investigators.

As late as December 1948, the Justice Department had been ready to drop the case against Hiss for lack of evidence. They challenged the HUAC to produce solid evidence against Hiss or they would indict Chambers for perjury. Nixon demanded Chambers to produce these so-called pumpkin papers. On December 15, 1948, only two days after the dramatic uncovering of the pumpkin papers, Alger Hiss was prosecuted in a case that became one of the most divisive controversies during the cold war. Even though the Justice Department was as great an obstacle as any Hiss had been able to devise, Hiss was found guilty and convicted. For much of the way, the Justice Department was as great an obstacle as any Hiss had been able to devise. While the entire post-pumpkin papers proceedings was out of HUAC’s hands, it remains valid to say that Nixon’s persistence and diligence exposed the most significant breaches of security in Washington.

For Nixon himself, nothing matched the experience of the Hiss case. It gave the young congressman quick reception to political leaders in Washington during the New Deal days. If his diligence in the Hiss case was the ticket to fame for the thirty seven year old congress

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I am no good at editing but it is very interesting

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