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When J Edgar Hoover’s FBI Declared Writers Enemies Of The State

Reading through dossier after dossier on 16 American writers contained in Writers Under Surveillance: The FBI Files, what strikes you immediately is the terrifying absurdity of Hoover’s obsession with anyone who didn’t follow his patriotic party line and dared to express critical concern about the national psyche in well-written words.  – New Statesman
Tags: Art, Fbi, Words, Hoover, J Edgar Hoover, 01.09.19


When J Edgar Hoover’s FBI Declares Writers Enemies Of The State

Reading through dossier after dossier on 16 American writers contained in Writers Under Surveillance: The FBI Files, what strikes you immediately is the terrifying absurdity of Hoover’s obsession with anyone who didn’t follow his patriotic party line and dared to express critical concern about the national psyche in well-written words.  – New Statesman
Tags: Art, Fbi, Words, Hoover, J Edgar Hoover, 01.09.19


When J. Edgar Hoover Declared War On Black-Owned Bookstores

In a one-page directive, Hoover noted with alarm a recent “increase in the establishment of black extremist bookstores which represent propaganda outlets for revolutionary and hate publications and culture centers for extremism.” The director ordered each Bureau office to “locate and identify black extremist and/or African-type bookstores in its territory and open separate discreet investigations […]
Tags: Art, Words, Hoover, Bureau, J Edgar Hoover, 02.19.18


A Peek Inside James Baldwin's (Very Large) FBI File

For instance, "this secret FBI summary made the mistake of treating variations on Baldwin's name and identity" - variations such as "James Arthur Baldwin" and "Jimmy Baldwin" - "as a set of potentially criminal pseudonyms." Then there's J. Edgar Hoover writing, in a note at the bottom of a memo, "Isn't Baldwin a well known […]
Tags: Art, People, Fbi, James Baldwin, Baldwin, J Edgar Hoover, 06.12.17, James Arthur Baldwin, Jimmy Baldwin



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