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The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

eBook - 2004
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Chronicles the January 15, 1919 Boston Molasses Flood that killed twenty-one people when over two million gallons of molasses poured out of the steel tank that stored it and traveled through the city's North End.
Publisher: Boston, Mass : Beacon Press, c2004.
ISBN: 9780807096673
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 273 p.) : ill., maps.


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Feb 01, 2017

A very interesting read, in the vein of Erik Larson's works--part social history and part intimate retelling of the difficult fortunes of the victims. It's a tale that's easy to trivialize until you realize that the molasses tank was full of as much as 2.3 million gallons of fermenting molasses and, when the tank finally gave way, the flood of molasses came out at speeds of up to 35 mph. If you like micro-histories, I strongly recommend this one.

Dec 03, 2015

There's something here for everyone who enjoys historical nonfiction: disaster story, courtroom drama, compelling characters, and terrific nuggets of 1915-25 historical context that taught me a lot about the prejudice against Italian immigrants and the rampant anarchist bombings (both have strong echoes in today's immigration and terrorism debates). I look forward to reading Puleo's other books.

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