The first Director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover presided over the FBI for nearly fifty years, during which he built it into a highly powerful, largely autonomous organization. Hoover, contrary to what most history textbooks say about him, was a notorious racist, who conspired with white supremacists to thwart the civil rights movement, and may (Loewen suggests) have played a role in the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The timeline below shows where the character J. Edgar Hoover appears in Lies My Teacher Told Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Watching Big Brother
...conveying the history of the civil rights movement. For more than a decade, J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI, conducted illegal surveillance on important civil rights leaders such as... (full context)
...leading up to the crime, and seems to have had aid from wealthy, powerful people. Hoover also supported a plan to investigate “all black college student organizations organized to project the... (full context)