We often hear people exclaim that the world has changed since September 11, 2001. However, this view ignores the fact that terrorism has always been with us. Our ancestors frequently lived with terrorism as a part of their daily lives.
This was brought to mind when I recently looked at an online picture of a terrorist attack in New York City. Terrorism in New York City sounds familiar, except that the photograph was taken in 1920. Around noon on September 16, 1920, a bomb exploded outside the J.P. Morgan Building, just across from the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Thirty-three people in the lunch-time crowd were killed and 400 injured. The bomb had been placed on a horse-drawn cart.
An $80,000 reward was offered, but none of the culprits were ever caught. Speculation accused the anarchists who had been responsible for a number of earlier bombings in the city.
You can view the photograph at http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/photofrm3.htm. It will remind you of more recent terrorist attacks.