Established in 1908 as the investigative division of the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) soon moved beyond law enforcement to include monitoring of radical activists and organizations and then after 1936 to conducting “intelligence” investigations. The purpose of the latter was not simply to anticipate planned espionage and sabotage threats but also to monitor those who could influence the political culture. The targets included Hollywood producers, directors, writers, and actors; German émigré writers and playwrights; prominent writers (including prominent sociologists); and liberal and radical journals of opinion (The Nation; I. F. Stone's Weekly). In 1960, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover authorized a special index, the Reserve Index, to list for possible detention any individuals who “are in a position to influence others against the national interest or are likely to furnish financial or other material aid to subversive elements due to their subversive associations...
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July 01 2015
F. B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature
F. B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature.
Princeton University Press,
367 pp. $29.95.
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Online ISSN: 1531-3298
Print ISSN: 1520-3972
© 2015 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Journal of Cold War Studies (2015) 17 (3): 236–237.
Athan Theoharis; F. B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature. Journal of Cold War Studies 2015; 17 (3): 236–237. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/JCWS_r_00571
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