By James K. Davis
The New Left was once based in 1962, and as a social and political protest stream, it captured the eye of the kingdom within the Sixties. through 1968, the recent Left used to be marching in unison with 1000's of political motion teams to accomplish one goal—the finish of the warfare in Vietnam. lower than J. Edgar Hoover's path, the FBI went from an intelligence assortment supplier in the course of WWII, to a company that attempted to undermine protest activities just like the New Left. Hoover seen the hot Left as a possibility to the yank lifestyle, so in a tremendous attempt of questionable legality, the FBI applied a few 285 counter-intelligence (COINTELPRO) activities opposed to the recent Left. the aim of COINTELPRO used to be to infiltrate, disrupt, and another way neutralize the total stream. truthfully, the FBI meant to salary conflict at the antiwar movement.
In this real-life undercover agent story—J. Edgar Hoover and his G-Men, wiretaps, burglaries, incorrect information campaigns, informants, and plants—Davis bargains a glimpse into the perpetually attention-grabbing international of the Sixties. Kent nation, Columbia college, Vietnam Moratorium Day, the 1968 Democratic nationwide conference, the Cambodian invasion and March opposed to demise are all tested during this riveting account of the longest formative years protest flow in American historical past. this can be the single ebook committed fullyyt to the hot Left COINTELPRO, and the 1st one written after the declassification of greater than 6,000 counterintelligence files that exhibit the genuine nature and quantity of the FBI's Assault at the Left.
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For example, on January 22, 1966, more than a year before the official creation of the New Left COINTELPRO, special agents from the Boston field office contacted an editorial cartoonist at an area newspaper. They asked the artist to prepare a cartoon to ridicule a group of antiwar protesters who were traveling to North Vietnam. ’’36 In February, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Senator J. William Fulbright, held hearings to review an administration request for $415 million in additional aid for Vietnam.
84. 25. Sidney Lens, Unrepentant Radical: An American Activist’s Account of Five Turbulent Decades (Boston: Beacon Press, 1980), p. 292. 26. FBI Memorandum, Headquarters to Field Offices, Apr. 28, 1965. 38 Assault on the Left 27. Sale, SDS, p. 174. 28. , Apr. 14, 1976, p. 484. 29. , pp. 484–485. 30. Arnold S. Kaufman, ‘‘Teach-Ins: New Force for the Times,’’ The Nation, June 25, 1965, pp. 666–670. 31. Fred Halstead, Out Now! S. against the Vietnam War (New York: Pathfinder Press, 1978), p. 90. 32.
28, 1965. 38 Assault on the Left 27. Sale, SDS, p. 174. 28. , Apr. 14, 1976, p. 484. 29. , pp. 484–485. 30. Arnold S. Kaufman, ‘‘Teach-Ins: New Force for the Times,’’ The Nation, June 25, 1965, pp. 666–670. 31. Fred Halstead, Out Now! S. against the Vietnam War (New York: Pathfinder Press, 1978), p. 90. 32. ‘‘War Critic Burns Himself to Death Outside Pentagon,’’ New York Times, Nov. 3, 1965, pp. 1, 8. 33. , p. 60. 34. , p. 60 35. , pp. 59–60. 36. FBI Memorandum, Boston Field Office to Headquarters, Jan.
Assault on the Left: The FBI and the Sixties Antiwar Movement by James K. Davis