The Day Wall Street Exploded

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The Day Wall Street Exploded


Just after noon on September 16, 1920, as hundreds of workers poured onto Wall Street for their lunchtime break, a horse-drawn cart packed with dynamite exploded in a spray of metal and fire, turning the busiest corner of the financial center into a war zone. Thirty-nine people died and hundreds more lay wounded, making the Wall Street explosion the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history until the Oklahoma City bombing. In The Day Wall Street Exploded, Beverly Gage tells the story of that once infamous but now largely forgotten event. Based on thousands of pages of Bureau of Investigation reports, this historical detective saga traces the four-year hunt for the perpetrators, a worldwide effort that spread as far as Italy and the new Soviet nation. It also gives readers the decades-long but little-known history of homegrown terrorism that helped to shape American society a century ago. The book delves into the lives of victims, suspects, and investigators: world banking power J.P. Morgan, Jr.; labor radical Big Bill Haywood; anarchist firebrands Emma Goldman and Luigi Galleani; America’s Sherlock Holmes, William J. Burns; even a young J. Edgar Hoover. It grapples as well with some of the most controversial events of its day, including the rise of the Bureau of Investigation, the federal campaign against immigrant terrorists, the grassroots effort to define and protect civil liberties, and the establishment of anti-communism and red scare as the sine qua non of American politics.

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Subtitle: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror
Author: Gage, Beverly
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9780199759286
Pages: 400
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publisher's city: Oxford
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