American Experience

Becoming J. Edgar Hoover

Clip: Season 30 | 1m 25s

J. Edgar Hoover is mostly remembered as the dominant force of the FBI. But he really got his start in 1919. He was 24 when he got a job at the Justice Department and was handed the position of running the “Radical Division,” which was designed to gather information on radical groups and political organizations. Filmmaker Susan Bellows discusses where Hoover got his start.

Aired: 02/13/18

Rating: NR

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