Anarchist Terrorism in the United States

Authored by: Thai Jones

The Routledge History of Terrorism

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415535779
eBook ISBN: 9781315719061
Adobe ISBN: 9781317514879

10.4324/9781315719061.ch9

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Abstract

For Americans, anarchism and terror share an enduring bond. The grenade-wielding anarchist – impoverished, foreign, insane – remains an instantly recognizable cultural construct even today. A century ago it was a central social archetype. “Bombs and anarchists are inseparable in the minds of most of us,” a New York journalist wrote during World War I. “Mysterious destroyers of life and of property, merciless men who have pledged their lives or their knives or their guns to some nefarious cause or another.” 1

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