Newsweek Q&A, January 2009

At noon on Sept. 16, 1920, a carriage filled with dynamite exploded at the corner of Wall St. and Broad St.the heart of America’s newly confident financial capital. The attack, which was clearly aimed at the headquarters of the era’s dominant financial institutions, J.P. Morgan & Co., killed dozens of people and has remained one of the greatest unsolved mysteries. In “The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror” (Oxford University Press), Yale historian Beverly Gage details the dramatic attack and the ultimately unsuccessful efforts to finds the culprits, and revives the frequently forgotten history of radical-inspired violence that was surprisingly common in a period generally remembered as a triumphant one for big business. 

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