September 30, 4:00 p.m.
With guest speaker Brian Mullgardt, professor of history at Millikin University
History Comes Alive at the Oglesby Mansion!
This talk will examine the FBI’s COINTELPRO (counterintelligence) program in Illinois in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As part of a nationwide investigation of civil rights, antiwar, and other groups, the FBI in Illinois routinely spied on Illinois residents from Chicago to Cairo and resorted to a host of tactics including character assassination, use of misinformation, and police harassment to undermine them. This talk will analyze those efforts.