Becoming J. Edgar Hoover
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. In its first year of operation, the division amassed over 200,000 files. Hoover became convinced that trying to keep track of these individuals was a useful and valuable tool in his role moving forward. Filmmaker Susan Bellows discusses where Hoover got his start.