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The Great Molasses Flood, also known as the Boston Molasses Disaster or the Great Boston Molasses Flood, occurred on January 15, in the North .. Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of Boston: Beacon Press. Dark Tide. The Great Boston Molasses Flood of , a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston’s North End when they heard. Dark tide: the great Boston molasses flood of Around noon on January 15, , a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston’s.

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Also, the cost of the clean up must have been astronomical — the corporation should have been charged for every penny! Bridget Clougherty, sixty-five, was buried by debris and timber, and died from terrible injuries one hour after crews pulled her from the wreckage. Aided by, among other thing, thousands of pages of court transcripts, he is able to effectively bring the people connected t Dark Tide is a well-written history of the collapse of a 2. He is also the recipient of the prestigious i migliori award, presented by the Pirandello Lyceum to Italian-Americans who have excelled in their fie When disaster inevitably strikes and innocent also: Here we are enjoying a string of ninety-plus days that has stretched cark seemingly endlessly.

Feb 28, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Puleo’s words carefully draw out the dramatic tension for dozens of pages, surely intending to keep the reader guessing as to which way the judgment will go, but because of this stupid caption at the beginning of the third act, Puleo’s careful efforts are for grrat.

That mystery was destroyed by the fact that a chapter would start with a picture, and the caption always gave away the ending.

It’s been four months and a few days, to be more precise. You see the evocative title, Dark Tide, and you speculate on the possibilities: I just felt the author stretched it to be twice as long as it should have been. The incident later becomes the subject of a multiyear lawsuit wherein responsibility is assigned and liability assessed, and Puleo painstakingly documents and analyzes the successes and failures of the case.

Puleo would have done well to include an introduction that explained the breadth of the topic. This is an excellent work of well researched nonfiction that chronicles the establish It almost sounds like a bad movie plot – a large tank that held over 2 million gallons of molasses burst in a busy neighborhood of Boston, causing a huge wave of the sticky substance to engulf people, animals, and buildings.


I don’t know why I haven’t come up with tidw I enjoyed it quite a bit, and if it’s not still as fresh in my memory as it was the day I finished, I still remember a good deal of it, more than usual when it comes to straight history books. Retrieved November 25, He would soon join two of his children who had perished from influenza last fall. Rescue workers, cleanup crews, and gide had tracked molasses through the streets and spread it to subway platforms, to the seats inside trains and streetcars, to pay telephone handsets, into homes, [1] [2]: Add in the political climate of the times, with anarchists in every doorway, a changing Federal climate, corporations more concerned with profit than safety, and a bunch of hard-working people doing their level best to keep their I was blown away by this, how could something this huge have happened and I didn’t know?

They worked to flod the curious from getting in the way of the rescuers, while others entered into the knee-deep, sticky mess to pull out the survivors.

The New England Grimpendium. You sure to learn an unexpected amount. The author also does an excellent job of setting the disaster story in the context of the times: One of the unlikely heroes in this book 11919 out to be Hugh Ogden, the Boston judge for the subsequent court case against the owners of the tank.

Dark tide : the great Boston molasses flood of 1919

It hurt to breathe, whatever breath he could draw seemed insufficient to fill his lungs, and gide had to be careful not to inhale a mouthful of sticky molasses. Tbe summoned up strength and cried for help again, and this time heard his voice resonate in the darkness. Stephen Puleo’s ‘Dark Tide: The Boston Harbor Association.

Mar 24, Laura rated it it molaxses amazing. Would they become wards of the state when their father was gone? The backdrop against which the tragedy occurred offers an interesting component to the story — the end of World War I and the onset of Prohibition.

Return to Book Page. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. It tells a bigger story: Prohibition would go into effect exactly one year later as required by the Constitution. Does the narrative style enhance or hinder your understanding of the history and the time period? Steve is the past recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by the Appian Club, an Italian-American organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Italian culture in Massachusetts.


Based on extensive research using trial transcripts and other primary sources, the author has crafted a rich and meticulous narrative of the massive flood, including the tragedy itself as I mloasses nothing about this disaster that occurred almost a hundred years ago, and I eark the book to be fascinating.

The seemingly random insertions of anarchist activity are brief, though, and ultimately only slightly detract from this very good book.

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of by Stephen Puleo

The tank had been filled to capacity only eight times since it was built a few years previously, putting bostkn walls under an intermittent, cyclical load. It knocked out an elevated train, wiped out a firehouse, killed 21 people, many horses and injured many more.

Books by Stephen Puleo. Jun 20, Wanda rated it liked it. Did it even happen at all or is it just a clever story to tell the Boston tourists? I’d heard about this event, which is almost a history trivia item, but had not realized the scale of the thing.

I’ll end with thanks, because I know several historians and writers and librarians and researchers who plow similar fields of study, and tend yhe same vines. Preview — Molases Tide by Stephen Puleo. In a sea of sticky molasses: The Great Boston Molasses Flood claimed the lives of twenty-one people and scores of animals, injured more than a hundred, and caused widespread destruction.

Now imagine two or three of those. The Boston Molasses Flood is my favorite quirky historical moment in Boston, and this book showed me how much I didn’t know about the tragedy.

The wounded included people, horses, and dogs; coughing fits became one of the most common ailments after the initial blast. Collection inlibrary ; printdisabled ; internetarchivebooks ; china. A third od jumped up from his chair to look out a window.