Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer's house after its bombing, Washington, D.C., June 2, 1919.
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Group of people in front of home of Alexander Mitchell Palmer, after bomb explosion, 1919.

Credit: Library of Congress

The year 1919 witnessed an unprecedented wave of domestic bombings, and widespread fears that radicals would soon attempt to stage a violent revolution. On June 2, 1919, a bomb explosion damaged the home of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer in Washington D.C. Palmer reassured the public that "These attacks will only increase the activities of our crime-detecting forces."

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