Terrorist Attacks on American Soil
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Terrorist Attacks on American Soil

From the Civil War Era to the Present
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J. Michael Martinez
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Terrorist Attacks on American Soil is a close look at some of the most horrific terrorist attacks in the United States from the Civil War to present day. J. Michael Martinez takes us on a trek through history, providing a context for these dreadful events and a greater understanding of the lessons we can learn from them.
Understanding the context of terrorism requires a trek through history, in this case the history of terrorist activity in the United States since the Civil War. Because the topic is large and complex, Terrorists Attacks on American Soil: From the Civil War to the Present does not claim to be an exhaustive history of terrorism or the definitive account of how and why terrorists do what they do. Instead, this book takes a representative sampling of the most horrific terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in an effort to understand the context in which they occurred and the lessons that can be learned from these events.
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Understanding Terrorism
PART I: The Nineteenth Century
Chapter 1: “A Sight Which Can Never Be Forgotten”: The Mountain
Meadows Massacre (1857)
Chapter 2: “The Gentle, Kindhearted Bioterrorist”: Luke Pryor Blackburn and the
Yellow Fever Plot (1864-1865)
Chapter 3: “We May Suspect That Race was the Cause of the Hostility”: The
Colfax Massacre (1873)
PART II: The Modern Era
Chapter 4: “The McNamaras Have Betrayed Labor”: The Los Angeles Times
Bombing (1910)
Chapter 5: “An Explosion Just Like the Sound of a Gatling Gun”: The Wall Street
Bombing (1920)
Chapter 6: “A President Has to Expect These Things”: The Truman Assassination
Attempt (1950)
Chapter 7: “The Klan is Back on the Market”: The Sixteenth Street Bombing and the
Civil Rights Movement (1963)
Chapter 8: “You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Winds Blows”:
Weatherman and the Counterculture Movement (1960s)
PART III: Postmodern Terror
Chapter 9: “A Revolution Against the Industrial System”: The Unabomber
Chapter 10: “How Charged with Punishments the Scroll”: The Oklahoma City
Bombing (1995)
Chapter 11: “There is a Bomb in Centennial Park; You Have 30 Minutes”:
Eric Robert Rudolph (Late 1990s)
Chapter 12: “The System was Blinking Red”: The Radical Islamic Movement and the September 11 Attacks
PART IV: Conclusion
The Lessons of Terrorism
About the Author