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Description - The FBI and Religion by Sylvester A. Johnson

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has had a long and tortuous relationship with religion over almost the entirety of its existence. As early as 1917, the Bureau began to target religious communities and groups it believed were hotbeds of anti-American politics. Whether these religious communities were pacifist groups that opposed American wars, or religious groups that advocated for white supremacy or direct conflict with the FBI, the Bureau has infiltrated and surveilled religious communities that run the gamut of American religious life.

The FBI and Religion recounts this fraught and fascinating history, focusing on key moments in the Bureau's history. Starting from the beginnings of the FBI before World War I, moving through the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War, up to 9/11 and today, this book tackles questions essential to understanding not only the history of law enforcement and religion, but also the future of religious liberty in America.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520287280
ISBN-10: 0520287282
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 376
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 3-Mar-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sylvester A. Johnson

Sylvester A. Johnson is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Religious Studies at Northwestern University. Steven P. Weitzman is the Abraham Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.

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