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The liberals and J. Edgar Hoover : rise and fall of a domestic intelligence state

Author: William W Keller
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1989] ©1989
Series: Princeton legacy library
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the super-heated anticommunist politics of the early Cold War period, American liberals turned to the FBI. With the Communist party to the left of them and McCarthyism to the right, liberal leaders saw the Bureau as the only legitimate instrument to define and protect the internal security interests of the state. McCarthyism provided ample proof of the dangers of security by congressional investigation. In  Read more...
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Keller, William W.
Liberals and J. Edgar Hoover : rise and fall of a domestic intelligence state.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1989]
xiii, 215 pages ; 25 cm
(DLC) 10900169
Named Person: J Edgar Hoover; J Edgar Hoover
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William W Keller
ISBN: 9781400859887 1400859883 9780691077932 0691077932 0691607222 9780691607221
OCLC Number: 889253402
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (230 pages).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface / Hollow, Jordan --
Abbreviations --
A Note on Sources --
CHAPTER ONE. Domestic Security in a Modern Liberal State --
CHAPTER TWO. The Liberal Theory of Internal Security --
CHAPTER THREE. A Politics of Equivocation: The Liberals, the Klan, and Dr. King --
CHAPTER FOUR. The End of the FBI-Liberal Entente --
CHAPTER FIVE. Rise of a Domestic Intelligence State --
CHAPTER SIX. Conclusion --
Selected Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Princeton legacy library
Responsibility: William W. Keller.
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In the super-heated anticommunist politics of the early Cold War period, American liberals turned to the FBI. With the Communist party to the left of them and McCarthyism to the right, liberal leaders saw the Bureau as the only legitimate instrument to define and protect the internal security interests of the state. McCarthyism provided ample proof of the dangers of security by congressional investigation. In response, liberals delegated extensive powers to J. Edgar Hoover--creating a domestic intelligence capacity that circumvented constitutional and legal controls. This balanced account of the link between liberal leaders in the United States and the growth of the FBI will appeal to a broad audience of readers interested in the American political climate. William Keller identifies a tension between liberalism and the security of the state that can never be fully resolved, and analyzes the exact mechanisms through which liberals and liberal government came to tolerate and even venerate an authoritarian state presence in their midst. The author shows how the liberal offensive against domestic communism succeeded both in weakening McCarthyism and in disabling the Communist party in the United States. What was the cost of these successes? Keller's answer assesses the liberal community's contribution to changes in the FBI between 1950 and 1970: its transformation into an independent, unaccountable political police. Originally published in 1989. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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