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Terror at Home

The assassination of William McKinley by an anarchist… was still fresh in the minds of the US Justice Dept.  The triumph of the Bolsheviks in 1917 prompted radicals in America to step up their campaign of violence.  Anarchists agitated through organized labor and started a campaign of violence not seen since the end of the Civil War.

Domestic enemies everywhere

Domestic enemies everywhere

April, May, and June of 1919 was a time of terror… from a foreign threat hiding among us.  Eastern European radicals first sent 30 letter bombs to businessmen and law enforcement officers  around the country, killing two people.  In June, the anarchists struck again, placing packaged bombs at the homes of government officials, including Attorney General, A. Mitchell Palmer.  Two more people were killed- flyers were distributed around the country declaring war on capitalism.  The American people demanded action.

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Palmer responded by setting into motion… the newly created investigative bureau, headed by 24 year old J. Edgar Hoover.  The orders were simple- find the radicals, arrest and deport them.  Hoover launched sweeping raids in 23 states.  Over 3000 people were arrested, many without warrants or indictments.  Communist organizers, Eastern Europeans, and union agitators were targeted.  As the raids grew in intensity, critics emerged to challenge their constitutionality.  By 1920, the public seemed to lose interest in combating the terror threat posed by the anarchists.

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Palmer once was considered a Presidential hopeful… but the raids ultimately cost him his political career.  American public opinion turned against the heavy handed tactics of Hoover’s FBI, despite the threat still posed by anarchists.  This was clearly on display during the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti in 1920- Two self-confessed anarchists tried for murder and robbery, and public opinion was decidedly against the government’s case.   The violence continued with little public outcry….

 

 

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Terror at Home

The assassination of William McKinley by an anarchist… was still fresh in the minds of the US Justice Dept.  The triumph of the Bolsheviks in 1917 prompted radicals in America to step up their campaign of violence.  Anarchists agitated through organized labor and started a campaign of violence not seen since the end of the Civil War.

Domestic enemies everywhere

Domestic enemies everywhere

April, May, and June of 1919 was a time of terror… from a foreign threat hiding among us.  Eastern European radicals first sent 30 letter bombs to businessmen and law enforcement officers  around the country, killing two people.  In June, the anarchists struck again, placing packaged bombs at the homes of government officials, including Attorney General, A. Mitchell Palmer.  Two more people were killed- flyers were distributed around the country declaring war on capitalism.  The American people demanded action.

Come_unto_me,_ye_opprest

Palmer responded by setting into motion… the newly created investigative bureau, headed by 24 year old J. Edgar Hoover.  The orders were simple- find the radicals, arrest and deport them.  Hoover launched sweeping raids in 23 states.  Over 3000 people were arrested, many without warrants or indictments.  Communist organizers, Eastern Europeans, and union agitators were targeted.  As the raids grew in intensity, critics emerged to challenge their constitutionality.  By 1920, the public seemed to lose interest in combating the terror threat posed by the anarchists.

palmer2

Palmer once was considered a Presidential hopeful… but the raids ultimately cost him his political career.  American public opinion turned against the heavy handed tactics of Hoover’s FBI, despite the threat still posed by anarchists.  This was clearly on display during the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti in 1920- Two self-confessed anarchists tried for murder and robbery, and public opinion was decidedly against the government’s case.   The violence continued with little public outcry….

 

 

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Weekly History News Roundup

Researchers confirm debris as part of Earhart’s planefragment was discovered in 1991

 

Italian pilot discovered buried in his seat… fighter had been shot down by Americans 70 years ago

 

Historian declares Turin shroud a fakecites evidence that dates it to the 14th century

 

Mormon church acknowledges Smith’s past… founder kept a teenage bride-long reported by historians

 

Report shows Lewinsky was mistreated during investigationauthorities denied her council among other violations

 

Older and wiser?

Older and wiser?

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Richard III died an agonizing deathbone scan reveals the King died in battle.

 

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Flood destroys Civil Rights documentslack of proper archiving blamed for loss at FBI records center

 

US Senate secret rules revealed… 380 page handbook made public for the first time

 

No freedom for you, laddie

No freedom for you, laddie

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Indiana Jones would be disappointed… newly translated Hebrew text reveals fate of the Ark of the Covenant

 

Ancient Greeks invented tailgatingarchaeologists uncover portable grills used in ancient feasts

 

Civil War artifacts from 54th Mass. to go on sale… Captain Luis Emilio’s personal items will be auctioned next month

 

Mein Kampf tops ebook charts in 2013publishes troubled by America’s reading habits

 

Burglars who robbed the FBI in 1971 now talking… the crime was never solved, but the robbery changed the Bureau forever

 

Grandparents or thieves?  New book to tell all

Grandparents or thieves? New book to tell all

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Talk like a Pirate Day misses the markshort, dangerous lives of Pirates

 

Upton Sinclair would be shocked today… lack of regulation in meat packing industry 100 years after “The Jungle” 

 

Director of Smithsonian Institute to step downmulti-billion dollar museum seeks to replace G. Wayne Clough

 

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FBI’s work with mafia killer exposed… new book details consequences of hitman’s deal with agency

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Only in a Pirate dream…

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