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In a vivid nightmare of fire, destruction, murder and terror, a blow was struck at our nation's financial nerve center on Sept. 11.
While Wall Street may be 1,000 miles from Main Street, we are all discovering how much our lives are affected by the health of our financial markets.
In fact, the birth of our nation and the American way of life are closely tied to the history of Wall Street. At a time when the world's attention has been focused on Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, perhaps it's time to reflect on the history of Wall Street.
In 1609 Henry Hudson founded a colony called New Amsterdam at the mouth of the Hudson River. As the colonies grew, New Amsterdam became an …