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A Century Ago, May Day Brought Anarchist Bombs to Mailboxes - And Helped Transform American Politics

• Katrina Govenor - Time

There were no notes or demands with the bombs. Anarchists of the time believed in the "propaganda of the deed," that bombings and assassinations were messages in themselves. But one of the intended recipients of a parcel bomb was Rayme Weston Finch, an otherwise little-known agent with the Bureau of Investigation who had the previous year arrested two followers of the anarchist Luigi Galleani. The decision to include Finch, hardly a figure of national importance, quickly led the investigators to focus on Galleani's group. They were unable to pin the crime on a particular individual, but anti-Anarchist laws of the time meant they didn't really need to: political sympathies were enough. The fact that anarchism by its nature was a decentralized movement made it difficult to prove direct links to Galleani. But his talent as an orator seemed to inspire devotees to follow his call. He gave a rousing speech in Taunton, Mass. ?" and the following day four admirers attempted to bomb

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