The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror by Beverly GageThe Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror by Beverly Gage

The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror

byBeverly Gage

Paperback | September 30, 2010

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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 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 asItaly 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 campaignagainst 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.
Beverly Gage teaches U.S. history at Yale University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune,, The Nation, and The Washington Post. She has been featured as a guest commentator on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and in Time magazine.
Title:The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of TerrorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199759286

ISBN - 13:9780199759286


Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: September 16, 19201. The Middle of Things2. The End of the WorldPart II: The Story of Dynamite3. The First Terrorist Act in America4. American Roughneck5. The War At HomePart III: A National Crime6. The Great Detectives7. Business As Usual8. Usual Suspects9. A Perfect AlibiPart IV: [Title Here]10. The Anarchist Fighters11. Illegal Practices12. The Martyr Who Wasn'tPart V: On to Russia13. The nullGreat Detectivenull Retur14. Triple-Cross15. Red Scare16. The Roar of the TwentiesNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"An uncommonly intelligent, witty and vibrant account. She has performed a real service in presenting such a complicated case in such a fair and balanced way." --San Francisco Chronicle