FBI Kept Tabs on John Hope Franklin

He was dangerous with his...having a brain and everything...

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The Feds were keeping tabs on John Hope Franklin in the 1960s, keeping a file on him for his beef with the House Committee on Un-American Activities and for his support of W.E.B. DuBois. From TPM:

The celebrated historian John Hope Franklin was scrutinized by the FBI in the 1960s for supposed links to communists, particularly his opposition to the House Committee on Un-American Activities and his vocal support for W.E.B. Du Bois.

"Dr. Franklin is an apologist for the late Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, a prominent crusader for civil rights and a sponsor of communist fronts who joined the Communist Party at the age of 93," wrote an unidentified FBI official in a letter to the White House in July 1965.

Franklin's file, obtained by TPMmuckraker through the Freedom of Information Act, is mainly a collection of background checks conducted when he was up for presidential appointments (though the FBI withheld 18 pages of the 515-page file). The author of the classic From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans, Franklin died in May at 94.

Read more on J. Edgar Hoover's goonery at TPM