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Einstein, Albert (1879-1955) to Rose Russell [in German]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05322 Author/Creator: Einstein, Albert (1879-1955) Place Written: Princeton, New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: [28 May] 1953 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Signed with initials. Speaks about the spirit of the Constitution and the Fifth Amendment during the McCarthy hearings and argues that "it is a misuse of congressional immunity to carry out practices which rightly belong to the competence of the judicial and police authorities." Possibly a draft. Transcript and translation available.

People: Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Russell, Rose, fl. 1953.

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Keywords/Subjects: Science and Technology, US Constitution, US Constitutional Amendment, Bill of Rights, Communism, Congress, Judiciary, Government and Civics

Sub Era: Postwar Politics and the Origins of the Cold War The Fifties