Event Information
New-York Historical Society Presents
J. Edgar Hoover And The Red Scare
Thursday, May 10, 2007

Two distinguished speakers discuss J. Edgar Hoover and the infamous Palmer Raids

Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

In 1919, a New York City postal clerk discovered sixteen bombs wrapped in individual packages and addressed to federal officials. Fearing homegrown terrorism from the American Communist parties, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer enlisted a young J. Edgar Hoover to execute a series of raids, arresting more than 10,000 Americans suspected of treason. The backlash ended Palmer’s career, but Hoover emerged as a figure uniquely praised, feared, and condemned.

Kenneth D. Ackerman is the author of the forthcoming Young J. Edgar: Hoover, the Red Scare, and the Assault on Civil Liberties and Boss Tweed: The Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York. James Risen covers national security for The New York Times and is the author of State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.

New York Historical Society

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