The FBI and the KKK : a critical history /

"This book begins with their first confrontation in 1922, and examines the similarities, covert collaborations and common goals of the FBI and the KKK. The book traces 80 years of parallel development and the conservative attitudes that drew the FBI and the KKK together, especially in the area...

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Main Author: Newton, Michael, 1951-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, c2005.
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Most recent FBI scholarship, such as the writings of Athan Theoharis (The FBI and American Democracy, CH, Jun'05, 42-6082), overwhelmingly centers on the bureau's surveillance and disruption of (generally peaceful) leftist groups, and usually condemns J. Edgar Hoover and company for zealous excesses. Here, however, Newton, the author of the highly regarded The FBI Encyclopedia (CH, Apr'04, 41-4413) and other books on the FBI, focuses on its relationship with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other (frequently violent) right-wing groups and suggests that, for reasons related to ideological sympathy, the bureau has far too often turned a blind idea to their machinations. It is a rather dreary read, both because it is depressing to read 200 pages about the racist rhetoric and violent outbursts of the KKK and other hate groups and because so much of it consists of a generally far-too-detailed catalog-like compilation of their excesses, with insufficient guidance to illuminate the larger picture. Nonetheless, besides these reservations, and although some material (such as the murder of Medgar Evers and other civil rights workers) is familiar ground, much is not; for that reason alone, Newton's book is a welcome contribution. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate students/faculty. R. J. Goldstein Oakland University

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