1947 memo offers glimpse of FBI’s prejudiced past

Investigative techniques relied heavily on racial, religious stereotypes

<p>In 1947, the FBI compiled techniques from seasoned investigators into a memorandum for agents in the field. Intended as a teaching tool, many of its suggestions for conducting interviews, obtaining confessions and training informants would today be considered unorthodox and illogical, if not outright racist or discriminatory.</p> <p>Much of the memo, which was addressed to Director J. Edgar Hoover, appeared smudged beyond deciphering. However, the legible passages provide a glimpse into the tactics some FBI agents employed in their investigations during the early Cold War era. Many of the approaches relied on stereotyping subjects based on their ethnicity and religion, while others expose important technological advancements that agents still rely on today.</p> <div align="center"> <div id="DV-viewer-627323-1-22-13-mr2419-res" class="DV-container" align="center"> </div> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript">// Related Requests

Late 1940s FBI Investigative Techniques

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