'American Experience: The Bombing of Wall Street'
(DVD / PG / 2018 / PBS)
Overview: On Sept. 16, 1920, a cart packed with dynamite exploded in front of Morgan Bank, leaving 38 dead and hundreds more seriously injured in the nation's financial center. 'The Bombing of Wall Street' tells the story of an early act of terror that remains unsolved today and sparked a bitter national debate about how far the government should go to protect the nation from acts of political violence.
DVD Verdict: The act of terror that, just as the bells of Trinity Church tolled and hundreds of Wall Street as workers headed out for their noontime break, caused an almighty explosion outside the headquarters of J.P. Morgan and Company - the world's most powerful banking institution, still haunt those who were associated with it that day.
Indeed, the blast turned the nation's financial center into a war zone and left 38 dead and hundreds more seriously injured. As financial institutions around the country went on high alert, many wondered if this was the strike against American capitalism that radical agitators had so long discussed.
The bombing was never solved, although investigators and historians believe the Wall Street bombing was carried out by Galleanists (Italian anarchists), a group responsible for a series of bombings the previous year. The attack was related to postwar social unrest, labor struggles, and anti-capitalist agitation in the United States.
This American Experience documentary examines one of the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history, an event that helped launch the career of a young J. Edgar Hoover and sparked a bitter national debate about how far the government should go to protect the nation from acts of political violence. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.