play_arrow

keyboard_arrow_right

skip_previous play_arrow skip_next
00:00 00:00
playlist_play chevron_left
volume_up
chevron_left
  • cover play_arrow

    Folk Singers & The Bureau (Bonus Episode)
    Feat. Aaron J. Leonard | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    Our Story: Frank Wilkinson, the FBI, and the Origins of Defending Rights & Dissent
    Feat. Kit Gage | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    The Bureaucratic Heart of McCarthyism
    feat. Ellen Schrecker | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    Spying on Muslim & Arab Americans
    Feat. Abdeen Jabara | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    The FBI vs. The Young Lords
    Feat. Johanna Fernández | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    The FBI's Man Inside the Klan
    Feat. Mary Stanton | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    Exposing FBI Spying Today
    Feat. Alice Speri | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    The War on Black Dissent Part III: The FBI vs. The Movement for Black Lives
    Feat. Malkia Devich-Cyril | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    The War on Black Dissent, Part II: COINTELPRO & The Assassination of Fred Hampton
    Feat. Jeffrey Hass | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    The War on Black Dissent, Part I: Black Lives, Red Scares
    Feat. Prof. Gerald Horne | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    Is All Policing Political?
    Feat. Alex Vitale | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    What Powers Does the FBI Have & How Do We Rein Them In
    Feat. Prof. Emily Berman | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
  • cover play_arrow

    Legacy of Abuse From The Palmer Raids to Black Identity Extremism
    Feat. Mike German | Still Spying Podcast

    file_download
play_arrow

Limited Series

Folk Singers & The Bureau

Still Spying Podcast May 7, 2021 67 1


Background
share close
  • cover play_arrow

    Folk Singers & The Bureau
    Still Spying Podcast

The FBI has long devoted its resources to stamping out dissent. As part of its ruthless war on the Communist Party, the Bureau set its sites on America’s folk singers. In his new book The Folk Singers and the Bureau: The FBI, the Folk Artists and the Suppression of the Communist Party, USA-1939-1956, historian and writer Aaron J. Leonard draws on an unprecedented array of declassified documents and never before released files to chronicle the FBI’s attacks on such folk musicians as Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.

Aaron J. Leonard is a writer and historian with a focus on the history of radicalism and state suppression. He is the author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists and A Threat of the First Magnitude–FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration: From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union. He is a contributor to the History News Network, Jacobin, and Truthout.

On September 16, 2020, the Still Spying Podcast hosted a livestreamed event with Leonard to discuss his new book and this is a lightly edited audio-only version of that event, moderated by Still Spying host Chip Gibbons.

Download now: Folk Singers & The Bureau

file_download Download

Rate it
Previous episode
Similar episodes