YOUNG J. EDGAR: Hoover and the Red Scare, 1919-1920

YOUNG J. EDGAR: Hoover and the Red Scare, 1919-1920

by Kenneth D. Ackerman

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On June 2, 1919, bombs exploded simultaneously in nine American cities. One destroyed the home of the Attorney General of the United States, A. Mitchell Palmer. In the aftermath of World War I, America faced a new enemy--radical communism.

Palmer vowed a crackdown, and, to lead it, he chose his youngest assistant, twenty-four year-old J. Edgar Hoover. Under Palmer's wing, Hoover helped execute a series of brutal nationwide raids, bursting into homes without warning, arresting over 10,000 Americans and assembling secret files on hundreds of thousands of suspects and political enemies. A handful of lawyers like Clarence Darrow and future Supreme Court Justices Felix Frankfurter and Harlan Fisk Stone dared to defend accused radicals in the name of free speech and civil liberties.

YOUNG J. EDGAR brings to life Palmer's raids and Hoover 's coming of age, a metaphor on post-9/11 America. It reaches the heart of our current debate on personal freedoms in a time of war and fear.

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BN ID: 2940013214804
Publisher: Viral History Press LLC
Publication date: 10/31/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Kenneth D. Ackerman is also the author of BOSS TWEED: the Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York; DARK HORSE: the Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield; and THE GOLD RING: Jim Fisk, Jay Gould, and Black Friday 1869.

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