The Great Molasses Flood Revisited: Immigrants in an Industrial Accident

THU, MAR 14, 2019 (58:48)

The Great Molasses Flood of Boston is revisited in Part two of this series on the event that shaped Boston’s North End. Speakers Stephen Puleo, Marylinn Johnson, Jim Vrabel, and moderator Peter Drummey, discuss the fallout of the event and its lasting effects on the Italian community in the North End of Boston at the time. Image Source: Lecture Page

+ BIO: Jim Vrabel

Jim Vrabel is a former newspaper reporter and municipal official, a longtime community activist, and a Boston historian. He was a founder of the Back of the Hill Community Development Corporation on Mission Hill and of the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School in Hyde Park, and he served as assistant director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, executive assistant to the Boston School Committee, and senior research associate and editor at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

+ BIO: Stephen Puleo

Stephen Puleo is a historian, college teacher, public speaker, and the author of seven books, including Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor to American History magazine, the Boston Globe, and other publications, he has taught at Suffolk University and UMass-Boston.

+ BIO: Marylinn Johnson

Marylinn Johnson is a Professor of History at Boston College. Professor Johnson’s work focuses on urban social relations in late nineteenth-and twentieth-century America. She teaches courses on social movements, urban and working-class history, violence, and the American West.

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