The FBI's War on Black-Owned Bookstores

At the height of the Black Power movement, the Bureau focused on the
unlikeliest of public enemies: black independent booksellers.

*Joshua Clark Davis*

[image: 1M Front]

*Sometime in the late fall/early winter of 1962, a document began
circulating among members of the Communist Party USA based in the Chicago
area, titled “Whither the Party of Lenin.” It was signed “The Ad Hoc
Committee for Scientific Socialist Line.” This was not the work of
factionally inclined CP comrades, but rather something springing from the
counter-intelligence imagination of the FBI.*


*The untold story of the FBI informants who penetrated the upper reaches of
organizations such as the Communist Party, USA, the Black Panther Party,
the Revolutionary Union and other groups labeled threats to the internal
security of the United States.*


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