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Episode 25 - Battle for Babylon: The LA Times Bombing (I)

In 1910, the city of Los Angeles was an inferno of unrest. A handful of men used coercion, corruption, and outright theft to build their dream metropolis in the middle of a desert. But when labor unions shifted their focus to California, these powerful men realized that their fortunes would be ruined if they did not keep union men out of LA. What followed next was an all-out battle for the city that killed twenty-one innocent people.

This is part one of the two-part episode, Battle for Babylon: The LA Times Bombing.







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King, Eddie. “The Los Angeles Times Building Fire: October 1, 1910.” The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Archive.

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