The idea received quick approval and caught on like wildfire. Soon thousands of volunteers in every major industry, trade and profession were on the alert nationwide, maintaining surveillance and investigating cases for the Department of Justice Bureau of Investigation. They would grow to become 250,000 strong.
Written as a real-life adventure story, The League reveals how the organization began, the manner in which it operated, and the varied missions that it performed on behalf of the U.S. government. It is an extraordinary chapter in American history, when almost any citizen could receive official credentials as a volunteer investigator. From a running gun battle on the streets of Philadelphia, to the seizure of a disguised German commerce raider on the high seas, to the hunt for the radical bomber that attacked the Federal Building in Chicago, The League is a fascinating true story that will not soon be forgotten.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 "It Takes a Spy to Catch a Spy" 7
Chapter 2 Organizing the American Protective League 17
Chapter 3 Battling German Spies and Saboteurs 41
Chapter 4 At War with the Wobblies 61
Chapter 5 Mounting the Slacker Raids 79
Chapter 6 Operatives and Methods 101
Chapter 7 In Government Service 129
Chapter 8 Disloyalty is Now a Crime! 153
Chapter 9 The American Protective League is Disbanded 177
A Brief Postscript on the Events and Individuals Described in this Narrative 197