On This Day: The Hoover Burglary

Without the Hoover Burglary, would the FBI's counter-intelligence program have come to the public's attention? Historians learn about the actions of the individuals involved in the Hoover Burglary, what information they stole, and how they released it to the media. The video segments also discuss the FBI reforms like the federal oversight of the bureau that occurred as a result of the information leak, 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare the Hoover Burglary to similar actions taken by individuals like Edward Snowden 
  • Have learners debate the pros and cons of government transparency 
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource requires a free C-SPAN Classroom account to access the material, or people may use provided login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM

  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Video clips show interviews from the individuals involved in the Hoover Burglary 
  • The resource is a good tool to open a discussion on government transparency 
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