Archives Unbound: Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s

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Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s is a fulltext, full image database of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's previously classified files on prominent radicals and radical organizations from 1959 to 1971. The files include published material such as newspaper clippings, transcripts of meetings, internal bureau memoranda, and reports of special agents, which frequently refer to information provided by confidential informants. A significant portion of the nearly 88,000 pages in the collection document COINTELPRO, the bureau's extensive "counterintelligence" program against dissent in the 1960s. Subjects of the investigations include Abbie Hoffman, Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez, Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panther Party, and a number of white supremacist groups. This Archives Unbound collection can be crossed search with another collection, Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984 in Advanced Search.


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Declassified files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Full image, with full-text searching.

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All of the individual files were originally published as microfilm sets. Rutgers Libraries own a number of these sets.

Producer/content provider

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Gale Cengage Learning