On this day: a bombing spree in the US

Palmer_BombingThe house of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer after being bombed by Galleanist Carlo Valdinoci.

Aftermath of the first of two assassination attempts on the life of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer.

On the 2nd of June, 1919 followers of Italian-born anarchist Luigi Galleani set off eight bombs simultaneously in eight different cities of the United States.

Italian Anarchist Luigi Galleani

Luigi Galleani

The bombs were sent to various government officials, including those who had supported the conviction and deportation of anarchists.

In response, several hundred anarchists were deported. The bombings were one of the major causes of America’s Red Scare, a campaign against Bolshevism and anarchism.

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