J. Edgar Hoover: Memo on Martin Luther King


Explanation and Analysis of the Document

Throughout the 1950s and early to mid-1960s, Hoover directed investigations of members and spokespersons of various social and political movements in the United States, including the New Left, the anti–Vietnam War movement, and student activist groups. Prominently, he investigated the possibility of ties between Communism and the civil rights movement. As arguably the most prominent civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., was a target of intense FBI investigation.

In a memo to Deputy Director Clyde Tolson and others (dated July 6, 1965),...

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