History In The Headlines

Wall Street: 300 Years of Protests

By Jennie Cohen
The Occupy Wall Street movement has entered its fifth week of demonstrations in New York City’s Financial District and is spreading to other cities across the United States and abroad. The participants’ choice of venue highlights the fact that, although many financial institutions are no longer based there, Wall Street remains a powerful symbol of the American economic system. For this reason and others, the iconic thoroughfare and surrounding areas in lower Manhattan have attracted numerous protests, riots and other gatherings since the 18th century. Explore the map below to find out about some of these historic events.
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Categories: Economy, New York City, Protests