BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- For the better part of two weeks, protestors have been camping out on Wall Street to protest, among other issues, big banks, wealth inequity and the political influence of corporations through lobbyists and donations.The base camp for their discontent is no surprise. It is the seat of global financial power and a geography-based symbol of wealth.
|A Harper's Weekly illustration of Wall Street during the Panic of 1884, a crisis in which U.S. banks, reacting to European woes, halted investments and called in loans. The crisis was quelled by a series of bailouts. Sound familiar?|