The day Wall Street exploded: a story of America in its first age of terror

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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 andhundreds more lay wounded, making the Wall Street explosion the worst terrorist attack to that point in U.S. history.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 asfar as Italy and the new Soviet nation. It also takes readers back into the decades-long but little-known history of homegrown terrorism that shaped American society a century ago. The book delves into the lives of victims, suspects, and investigators: world banking power J.P. Morgan, Jr.; laborradical "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 federalcampaign against immigrant "terrorists," the grassroots effort to define and protect civil liberties, and the establishment of anti-communism as the sine qua non of American politics.Many Americans saw the destruction of the World Trade Center as the first major terrorist attack on American soil, an act of evil without precedent. The Day Wall Street Exploded reminds us that terror, too, has a history.
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subject_facetDomestic terrorism
Domestic terrorism -- United States
Electronic books
HISTORY -- State & Local
HISTORY -- State & Local -- General
History
New York (State) -- New York
New York
Terrorism
Terrorism -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Terrorism -- United States -- History
Terrorismus
United States
title_displayThe day Wall Street exploded : a story of America in its first age of terror
title_fullThe day Wall Street exploded : a story of America in its first age of terror / Beverly Gage
The day Wall Street exploded : a story of America in its first age of terror [electronic resource] / Beverly Gage
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HISTORY
History
State & Local
Terrorism
Terrorismus