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Watching the Detectives

TPMMuckraker, the investigative journalist wing of (Brown History PhD) Josh Marshall’s TalkingPointsMemo blog empire, has obtained most of the late John Hope Franklin’s FBI file through a FOIA request. The nearly five-hundred pages of material were apparently the result of a series of background checks conducted when Franklin received a number of presidential appointments. Executive summary: colleagues universally praised him; J. Edgar Hoover suspected him of Communist ties for having his book positively reviewed by The Daily Worker, praising a book by Herbert Aptheker, saying nice things about W.E.B. DuBois, and so forth. Excerpts from the file can be found Read more