Assault on the Left: The FBI and the Sixties Antiwar by James K. Davis

By James K. Davis

The New Left was once based in 1962, and as a social and political protest circulation, it captured the eye of the kingdom within the Sixties. by way of 1968, the recent Left was once marching in unison with hundreds and hundreds of political motion teams to accomplish one goal—the finish of the struggle in Vietnam. below J. Edgar Hoover's path, the FBI went from an intelligence assortment enterprise in the course of WWII, to a firm that attempted to undermine protest routine just like the New Left. Hoover considered the hot Left as a probability to the yankee lifestyle, so in a massive attempt of questionable legality, the FBI applied a few 285 counter-intelligence (COINTELPRO) activities opposed to the hot Left. the aim of COINTELPRO used to be to infiltrate, disrupt, and another way neutralize the complete flow. honestly, the FBI meant to salary struggle 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 without end attention-grabbing global of the Sixties. Kent nation, Columbia college, Vietnam Moratorium Day, the 1968 Democratic nationwide conference, the Cambodian invasion and March opposed to loss of life are all tested during this riveting account of the longest early life protest move in American historical past. this is often the one booklet dedicated solely to the hot Left COINTELPRO, and the 1st one written after the declassification of greater than 6,000 counterintelligence records that display the genuine nature and volume of the FBI's Assault at the Left.

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But Port Huron was epochal in the history of American radical politics. ’’5 The SDS would, before the decade was over, include pacifist, religious, civil rights, and disarmament groups as well as elements of the Old Left. ’’ Delegate Paul Booth recalled, ‘‘We really thought we had done a great job. ’’7 During that same summer of 1962, American forces in South Vietnam numbered twelve hundred. John F. Kennedy was then in the second year of his presidency and he was the third American president to be concerned about the future of Vietnam.

J. ’’10 Over four hundred acts of vio- 26 Assault on the Left lence took place that summer against black and white activists. Three were slain in June of 1964. It was this triple murder that prompted the FBI’s formation of the White Hate COINTELPRO on September 2, 1964. The intense political emotions of the civil rights movement set the stage for a student rebellion at the University of California at Berkeley. On September 14, 1964, university officials announced that the solicitation of funds on campus for off-campus political causes would be banned.

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. ‘‘War Critic Burns Himself to Death Outside Pentagon,’’ New York Times, Nov.

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