There are not any major works detailing the activities of police or political agents in Memphis. However, the following provide either a national context for political surveillance or a local context for Memphis, the Civil Rights era, and the Crump era. While the Crump era and before did not include many instances that could necessarily be deemed "political surveillance", there were many policies and practices that foreshadowed those that exist today. 




International Journal of Monitoring and Surveillance Technologies Research

From the site:

"The mission of the International Journal of Monitoring and Surveillance Technologies Research (IJMSTR) is to serve as a unique forum where knowledge from the healthcare, safety, and privacy fields can be synergistically blended. This multi-disciplinary journal publishes research on theoretical, clinical, and practical achievements in the fields of bioengineering, medicine, computer engineering, assistive technologies, and smart surveillance systems. The goal of the journal is to show how these disciplines benefit each other, especially when interpreting, analyzing, and connecting processes, activities, mechanisms, and components that contribute to the quality of life."

Journal of Global Security Studies

From the site:

"The Journal of Global Security Studies, a new publication from the International Studies Association, launched its first issue with OUP in 2016. The journal aims to publish first-rate work addressing the variety of methodological, epistemological, theoretical, normative, and empirical concerns reflected in the field of global security studies. More importantly, it encourages dialogue, engagement, and conversation between different parts of the field."

Political Communication

From the site:

"Political Communication is an international journal, published quarterly, that features cutting-edge theory-driven empirical research at the intersection of politics and communication. Its expansive subject is the site of rapid changes and pressing policy concerns worldwide. The journal welcomes all research methods and analytical viewpoints that advance understanding of the practices, processes, content, effects, and
policy implications of political communication. Regular symposium issues explore key issues in depth."

Surveillance & Society

From the site:

"Surveillance & Society exists to:

  • publish innovative and transdisciplinary work on surveillance;
  • encourage understanding of approaches to surveillance in different academic disciplines;
  • promote understanding of surveillance in wider society;
  • encourage policy and political debate about surveillance."



At the river i stand: Memphis, the 1968 strike, and martin luther king

From Library Journal: "Little remembered today but for its awful climax, the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike was a powerful episode in the civil rights movement. An oral history project begun in the wake of the King assassination made possible this remarkable book, first published locally in 1985. It is a well-crafted, frequently eloquent narrative history of the strike."


beale street dynasty: sex, song, and the struggle for the soul of memphis

From the back cover: "Following the Civil War, Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, thrived as a cauldron of sex and song, violence and passion. But out of this turmoil emerged a center of black progress, optimism, and cultural ferment. Preston Lauterbach tells this vivid, fascinating story through the multigenerational saga of a family whose ambition, race pride, and moral complexity indelibly shaped the city that would loom so large in American life."


cointelpro: the fbi's secret war on political freedom

Gloria Steinem: "Cointelpro is the first book to disclose, in indisputable and chilling words of FBI officials themselves, the two-pronged attack with which the FBI has attempted to discredit and destroy lawful and effective groups working for social justice."


the COINTELPRO PAPERS: Documents from the fbi's secret wars against dissent in the united states

Noam Chomsky: "In this detailed review of the subversive activities of the national political police over many years, the authors show that the commitment to undermine free association and independent thought is deeply rooted in national policy and subject to only superficial challenge. Their harrowing and extensively documented study lends much credibility to their supposition that "COINTELPRO lives on," and efforts to organize poor and oppressed people and dissident movements will be targeted for destruction by state power."


Enemies: A history of the fbi

From the back cover: "Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI to conduct political warfare, and how the Bureau became the most powerful intelligence service the United States possesses.
Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred-year war on terror. The FBI has fought against terrorists, spies, anyone it deemed subversive—and sometimes American presidents. The FBI’s secret intelligence and surveillance techniques have created a tug-of-war between national security and civil liberties. It is a tension that strains the very fabric of a free republic."


the fbi, cointelpro, and martin luther king, jr: final report of the select committee to study governmental operations with respect to intelligence activities

From the back cover: "The final report of the 1975 US Senate Church Committee, describing the decade-long effort by J Edgar Hoover and the FBI to discredit and 'neutralize' the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Hoover considered the civil rights movement to be 'Communist', and did everything in his power to destroy it."


River of hope: black politics and the memphis freedom movement, 1865-1954

From the back cover: "River of Hope challenges persisting notions of a "Solid South" of white Democratic control by arguing that the small but significant number of black southerners who retained the right to vote had more influence than scholars have heretofore assumed. Gritter's nuanced study presents a fascinating view of the complex nature of political power during the Jim Crow era and provides fresh insight into the efforts of the individuals who laid the foundation for civil rights victories in the 1950s and '60s."



Policy Studies Organization

From the site:

"The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) is a publisher of academic journals and book series, sponsor of conferences, and producer of programs.  It seeks to disseminate scholarship and information to serve those making and evaluating policy.  It was founded as an outgrowth of the American Political Science Association, for those in a variety of fields who were interested in how public policy and organizational policy were being studied and discussed."

From the site:

"Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) is a registered charitable company dedicated to the study of surveillance in all its forms, and the free distribution of scholarly information.

We are registered in the UK, but welcome members and supporters from all over the world. We own and run the journal Surveillance and Society and also act as a clearing house for social science and policy research and consultancy about surveillance."