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The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror Paperback – Bargain Price, September 13, 2010
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Take a Look at Wall Street Political CartoonsPolitical cartoons in 1920 reflected public perceptions of the attack on Wall Street and its aftermath. Cartoonists directed their satire towards the villains of the age: communists, anarchists, and--according to one cartoonist--greedy employers. These images are featured in the decorative endpapers of The Day Wall Street Exploded. (Click on any image to enlarge).
December 17, 1921
New York Daily News
September 17, 1920
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There are lots of names, lots of dates, lots of events. Chapters tend to jump back in time to cover a specific topic, which I found to be very confusing at times.
The book is very well written, but is very dry reading at times. I had to force myself through much of the last half of the book.
There was one statement in the book that made me step aside and do some research of my own. The author was describing the way that some communities "handled" the socialist movement, and she said: "In Bisbee, Arizona, mine bosses loaded some twelve hundred Wobblies and their families into rail cars and shipped them out to wither in the desert."
That sentence shocked me. Would people really have taken thousands of people (assuming "families" included women and children) into the desert and abandoned them to die? So I did a web search on "bisbee arizona wobblies".
I found a number of articles on the "Bisbee Deportation", all of which described the incident in much less sensational terms than the author. All of the articles described the people deported as "men" ("The deputies arrested more than 2000 men..."; "The posse rounded up more than 1,200 men..."). None of them mentioned "familes". The men were not "shipped out to wither in the desert", they were put on a train to Columbus, New Mexico. You can read the rest of the details in the articles you'll find. But I could find no account of anyone "withering in the desert".Read more ›
This book is well footnoted so the author clearly has done her homework. This is not a brief look into the subject but an exhaustive look at terrorism before the bombing, the bombing itself, the search for the culprits and the world which allowed the bombing to occur. Living just outside New York City I remember what it was like after the September 11 bombing. I remember the concern that something could happen so near. I remember the added security and the desire to find the masterminds behind the bombing.
The reaction by people to the September 16, 1920 Wall Street bombing was no different. An appendix at the end of the book lists the names, ages and occupations of the 38 men and women who died in the bombing. Despite its' much smaller scale innocents were killed (including students and secretaries and messengers and grocery clerks), people were amazed a bombing could occur on Wall Street and kill people for no real reason. People wanted to find those who were responsible.
The search was not perfect and some investigators had their own agenda in identifying the culprits. Some politicians used the bombing for political gain.Read more ›
Now in order to help her readers to fully comprehend the environment in which these events took place Beverly Gage opens "The Day Wall Street Exploded" with an extensive history of radical thought in America. You will meet many of the prominent radical activists of the day including Big Bill Hayward, Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, Eugene Debs and Luigi Galleani to name but a few.Read more ›
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I'm somewhat interested in the subject of criminal and terrorist acts in a historical context, and this book, describing one of the central acts of terror of the Gilded Age, the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by David W. Nicholas
Great book interesting comparison to nyc reaction in 1920 v 2001. In 1920 it was get on with thing no year memorial or permanent marker. Never solved. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Irish mick
I first heard about this incident during a recent "Wall Street Financial Crisis" tour and wanted to learn more about it. This book is just what I was looking for. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stan57
Somewhat of a meandering account providing great detail about the political intrigues the hampered investigations into the yet unsolved crime. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rich72
Very good read and full of information and knowledge, but gets somewhat confusing of who did what and when for more than half a century. Read morePublished 19 months ago by RLHurd
Right at noon, on September 16, 1920, an explosion occurred in the center of Wall Street, in New York City, right between J.P. Morgan Bank and the U.S. Treasury. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
It is often said that history repeats itself. Certainly, this thought came to me as I read Beverly Gage's "The Day Wall Street Exploded". Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Andrew Desmond