Introducing Fremont Older & The 1916 San Francisco Bombing

September 20, 2013

Books, California, New Titles

A tragic bombing. Two men falsely accused.

One journalist seeking justice.

On Saturday, July 22, 1916, as “Preparedness Day” parade units assembled south of San Francisco’s Market Street, a terrorist bomb exploded, killing ten people and wounding forty. San Francisco was outraged. Instead of searching for the perpetrators, however, the district attorney used the bombing as an excuse to arrest, try and convict two obscure labor figures without evidence.

“The feeling of disquietude aroused by the case must be heeded, for if unchecked, it impairs the faith that our democracy protects the lowliest and even the unworthy, against false accusations.”—Federal Mediation Commission report to President Woodrow Wilson, 1918

This November, History Press West is delighted to announce a new San Francisco history title, Fremont Older & The 1919 San Francisco Bombing: A Tireless Crusade for Justice, from author John C. Ralston:

Fremont Older & The 1916 San Francisco Bombing by John C. Ralston

In this compelling account, Ralston chronicles the events surrounding the initial tragedy as newspaper editor Fremont Older discovers the case is based on blatant perjury and exposes the secondary crime to the public. What became known as the “American Dreyfus Case” led to an international outcry, finally resulting in one defendant’s pardon and the other’s parole—but only after both men had been imprisoned for twenty-three years.

Fremont Older & The 1916 San Francisco Bombing: A Tireless Crusade for Justice by John C. Ralston will be available November 2013 from the History Press and San Francisco bookshops.

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