In America Magazine, a review of Aaron J. Leonard’s new book, The Folk Singers and the Bureau, which draws from almost 10,000 pages of F.B.I. files on an array of folk artists in order to illustrate the considerable impact that the U.S. government’s campaign against Communism had on folk artists in the 1940s and early ’50s.
Folk singer Pete Seeger entertaining at the opening of the Washington labor canteen, sponsored by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), on Feb. 13, 1944. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt is seen at center. (Joseph A. Horne/ Library of Congress)