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Title:James Baldwin: The FBI File
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Publisher:Arcade Publishing
ISBN:1628727373
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Number of Pages:440
Category:Social justice, Non fiction, History

James Baldwin: The FBI File by William J. Maxwell

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC James Baldwin: The FBI File Available in book form for the first time the FBI s secret dossier on the legendary and controversial writer b .

Decades before Black Lives Matter returned James Baldwin to prominence J Edgar Hoover s FBI considered the Harlem born author the most powerful broker between black art and black power Baldwin s page FBI file covering the period from to was the largest compiled on any African American artist of the Civil Rights era This collection of once secret documents never before published in book form captures the FBI s anxious tracking of Baldwin s writings phone conversations and sexual habits and Baldwin s defiant efforts to spy back at Hoover and his G men .

i James Baldwin The FBI File i reproduces over one hundred original FBI records selected by the noted literary historian whose award winning book i F B Eyes How J Edgar Hoover s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature i brought renewed attention to bureau surveillance William J Maxwell also provides an introduction exploring Baldwin s enduring relevance in the time of Black Lives Matter along with running commentaries that orient the reader and offer historical context making this book a revealing look at a crucial slice of the American past and present .

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James Baldwin: The FBI File, Complete Poems, New Negro, Old Left: African-American Writing and Communism Between the Wars, F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature
Howard Stretch Johnson a charismatic Harlemite who graduated from Cotton Club dancer to Communist Party youth leader once claimed that in late s New York of black cultural figures had Party membership or maintained regular meaningful contact with the Party He stretched the truth but barely In a broad ranging revisionary account of the extensive relationship between African American literary culture and Communism in the s and s William J Maxwell uncovers both black literature s debt to Communism and Communism s debt to black literature reciprocal obligations first incurred during the Harlem Renaissance br br Juxtaposing well known and newly rediscovered works by Claude McKay Andy Razaf Mike Gold Langston Hughes Louise Thompson Richard Wright Zora Neale Hurston and Nelson Algren Maxwell maintains that the Old Soviet allied Left promoted a spectrum of exchanges between black and white authors genres theories and cultural institutions Channels opened between radical Harlem and Bolshevik Moscow between the New Negro renaissance and proletarian literature Claude McKay s pilgrimage to the Soviet Union for example usually recalled as a lighthearted adventure in radical tourism actually jumpstarted the Comintern s controversial nation centered program for Afro America Breaking from studies governed by Cold War investments and pivoting on the Great Depression Maxwell argues that Communism s rare sustenance for African American initiative not a seduction of Depression scarred innocents brought scores of literary New Negroes to the Old Left, Few institutions seem more opposed than African American literature and J Edgar Hoover s white bread Federal Bureau of Investigation But behind the scenes the FBI s hostility to black protest was energized by fear of and respect for black writing Drawing on nearly pages of newly released FBI files F B Eyes exposes the Bureau s intimate policing of five decades of African American poems plays essays and novels Starting in year one of Harlem s renaissance and Hoover s career at the Bureau secretive FBI ghostreaders monitored the latest developments in African American letters By the time of Hoover s death in these ghostreaders knew enough to simulate a sinister black literature of their own The official aim behind the Bureau s close reading was to anticipate political unrest Yet as William J Maxwell reveals FBI surveillance came to influence the creation and public reception of African American literature in the heart of the twentieth century br br Taking his title from Richard Wright s poem The FB Eye Blues Maxwell details how the FBI threatened the international travels of African American writers and prepared to jail dozens of them in times of national emergency All the same he shows that the Bureau s paranoid style could prompt insightful criticism from Hoover s ghostreaders and creative replies from their literary targets For authors such as Claude McKay James Baldwin and Sonia Sanchez the suspicion that government spy critics tracked their every word inspired rewarding stylistic experiments as well as disabling self censorship br br Illuminating both the serious harms of state surveillance and the ways in which imaginative writing can withstand and exploit it F B Eyes is a groundbreaking account of a long hidden dimension of African American literature, No description available, b Available in book form for the first time the FBI s secret dossier on the legendary and controversial writer b br br Decades before Black Lives Matter returned James Baldwin to prominence J Edgar Hoover s FBI considered the Harlem born author the most powerful broker between black art and black power Baldwin s page FBI file covering the period from to was the largest compiled on any African American artist of the Civil Rights era This collection of once secret documents never before published in book form captures the FBI s anxious tracking of Baldwin s writings phone conversations and sexual habits and Baldwin s defiant efforts to spy back at Hoover and his G men br br i James Baldwin The FBI File i reproduces over one hundred original FBI records selected by the noted literary historian whose award winning book i F B Eyes How J Edgar Hoover s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature i brought renewed attention to bureau surveillance William J Maxwell also provides an introduction exploring Baldwin s enduring relevance in the time of Black Lives Matter along with running commentaries that orient the reader and offer historical context making this book a revealing look at a crucial slice of the American past and present br br