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F. B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

F. B. Eyes:  How J. Edgar Hoover

by William J. Maxwell,
The San Francisco Chronicle, February 5, 2015

In “The FB Eye Blues” (1949), Richard Wright, a renowned black writer and a frequent target of J. Edgar Hoover’s G-men, satirized the agency he deemed the most invasive, pervasive and powerful arm of the American surveillance state: “Woke up this morning/ FB eye under my bed/ Said I woke up this morning/ FB eye under my bed/ Told me all I dreamed last night, every word I said.”

 

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