The Palmer Raids, Part 2

Suspects in the Palmer Raids board the Ellis Island steamer at the Barge Office, Battery, NY, for their short trip to Ellis Island for investigation and deportation proceedings. Photo by Bettman/Getty Images

After a bombing attack on his home, Attorney General Palmer launched a series of raids on perceived threats to national security. Thousands of people were rounded up, many without cause or warrant, and kept in horrifying conditions.

Topics in this Podcast: bombings, figurative witch hunts, subtweeting the election, 20th century, palmer raids, red scare, bolsheviks, communism, anarchists, A. Mitchell Palmer, red scares