The Librarian Spies

The Librarian Spies

Philip and Mary Jane Keeney and Cold War Espionage

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In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy declared that the State Department was a haven for communists and traitors. Among famous targets, like Alger Hiss, the senator also named librarian Mary Jane Keeney and her husband Philip, who had been called before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee to account for friendships with suspected communists, memberships in communist fronts, and authorship of articles that had been published in leftist periodicals. Conservative journalists and politicians had seized the occasion to denounce the pair as communist sympathizers and spies for the Soviet Union. If the accusations were true, the Keeneys had provided the Soviets with classified information about American defense and economic policies that could alter the balance of power between those rival nations. If false, the Keeneys had been shamefully wronged by their own government, for the accusations tumbled them into grief and poverty.
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2009.
ISBN: 9780275994488
Branch Call Number: REF 327.120922 MCRE 3583ca 1
REF 327.120922 MCRE 3583mv 1
Characteristics: xii, 183 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Robbins, Louise S.


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