Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Dark Tide The Great Boston Molasses Flood of Around noon on January a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston s North End when they heard a tremendous crash It was like roaring surf one of them said later Like a runaway two

  • Title: Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
  • Author: Stephen Puleo
  • ISBN: 9780807050217
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston s North End when they heard a tremendous crash It was like roaring surf, one of them said later Like a runaway two horse team smashing through a fence, said another A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window Oh my God he shouted to the other men, Run A 50 fooAround noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston s North End when they heard a tremendous crash It was like roaring surf, one of them said later Like a runaway two horse team smashing through a fence, said another A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window Oh my God he shouted to the other men, Run A 50 foot tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston s waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15 foot high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station The number of dead wasn t known for days It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster.

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    1. Stephen Puleo is an author, historian, university teacher, public speaker, and communications professional His six narrative nonfiction works include American Treasures The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address fall 2016 The Caning The Assault That Drove America to Civil War 2012 A City So Grand The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850 1900 2010 The Boston Italians A Story of Pride, Perseverance and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day 2007 Due to Enemy Action The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56 2005 Dark Tide The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 2003 All of his books have been Boston regional bestsellers In addition, Steve s books have been reviewed favorably by the New Yorker, the Boston Globe, The National Review, Forbes, Parade magazine, the Associated Press, the Portland Press Herald, the Providence Journal, the Denver Post, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Hartford Courant, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes and Noble Review, the Fredericksburg Star, ForeWord magazine, Shelf Awareness, Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly An experienced, dynamic, and in demand speaker and presenter, he has made than 485 public appearances, before thousands of readers, since the publication of his first book in 2003 Events have included bookstore signings, keynote addresses, presentations at libraries, historical societies, community events, seminars, panel discussions, industry events, professional associations, book clubs than 50 have chosen his books , newspaper and magazine interviews, radio and television appearances, and appearances at universities, and public and private K 12 schools His books have been woven into the curricula of numerous high schools and colleges More than 20 communities have selected his books as community wide reads Steve also conducts book club tours of Boston s North End, one of the nation s most colorful and historic neighborhoods.Among his showcase appearances have been serving as keynote speaker at the Northeast Regional Association of the Social Studies than 600 history teachers as a guest speaker for the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Massachusetts Superior Court as a panel participant with Italian American and Jewish American scholars entitled Italy and the Holocaust The Calabria Connection, presented at UMass Boston and as a speaker at the National Archives on his latest book, American Treasures A former award winning newspaper reporter and contributor of feature stories and book reviews to publications that include American History magazine, Politico, and the Boston Globe, He has taught history at Suffolk University in Boston, and also has develped and taught numerous history and writing workshops for high school and college students, as well as for adults who aspire to be writers Puleo holds a master s degree in history From Italy to Boston s North End Italian Immigration and Settlement, 1890 1910, UMass Boston, 1994 , for which he received the Dean s Award for Academic Achievement, and was the Graduate Convocation keynote speaker He teaches at Suffolk University in Boston.In addition to his strong journalism and historical writing background, Steve has 30 years of experience in public relations, corporate communications, speechwriting, speech coaching, and marketing He has won numerous corporate communications awards and has been both a keynote speaker and served on communications panels at industry conferences 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 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

    2. I couldn’t help but be incredulous about a “molasses flood.” I was doing research into what books I wanted to read for my “Winter 2013 Disaster Read,” which I originally intended to be about natural disasters, but quickly morphed into disasters in general, and I stumbled across this book. Lo and behold a week later it went onto the Kindle Daily Deal and I snatched it up. It’s almost like knew (eyes dart back and forth quickly). I originally had this idea of the molasses/cornflake la [...]

    3. This historical event is yet another example of the truthiness of Hanlon's Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” In this case, a cowardly middle manager with no relevant experience cuts corners to please his clueless bosses, constructing a huge, dangerous, leaky tower for molasses in a crowded slum. He disregards direct pleas from people who work at the structure and feel that it is dangerous, insisting that he, the middle manager, knows better. [...]

    4. I liked, but not loved, this accessibly written book. I had no idea that there had been such an event, and the thought of it was pretty horrific. For all neo-cons, this is what happens when industry and corporations are left to regulate themselves. There is a reason for inspections and oversight of big business. To think of the corners that were cut in the name of saving money and profit at the expense of lives is completely deplorable. Also, the cost of the clean up must have been astronomical [...]

    5. Did you ever hear of the “great molasses flood” in Boston? I grew up hearing about this event – probably because it took place in and around Boston’s North End, and we had ties to and visited the North End frequently. But even I took the reality of this event with a grain of salt.But it actually happened. Around noon on January 15th, 1919, a fifty-foot-tall tank FILLED with over 2 million gallons of thick, black molasses collapsed – creating a massive tidal wave (fifteen feet high, som [...]

    6. Anyone who had parents who grew up in Boston heard the story passed down about the great Molasses Flood. It was usually told in an offhand manner, ending with "on a hot day you can still smell the molasses". This is the whole story, and there isn't anything offhand about it. A very good piece of social, as well as labor history. I, of course, ended up taking the book to the scene of the crime and retracing the steps. Fascinating.

    7. This fascinating book tells the story of one of the most bizarre disasters in our country's history. In 1919, on the eve of Prohibition, a storage silo in Boston's North End was being filled with molasses which was about to be shipped off to be turned into alcohol. In the cold of January the tank was half filled with nearly a million gallons of molasses. The tank had been leaking for years. Children from the neighborhood came daily with their buckets to collect the leaked molasses for their moth [...]

    8. I was blown away by this, how could something this huge have happened and I didn't know? It also made me wish I knew all history, every single interesting event that ever happened. So, in 1919, there was a gigantic molasses flood in Boston, which is interesting enough. 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 [...]

    9. This book was great - a nonfiction re: the "Great Molasses Spill" in the North End in 1919. I had heard of the disaster (in which 21 people lost their lives, hundreds were injured and multiple structures destroyed). But, I had absolutely NO IDEA of the events tied in with the eventke Sacco & Vanzetti and the anarchist movement, World War I, the rum/slavery/molasses triangle trade. Having connections in the North End helped keep me interested during the descriptions of the legal ramifications [...]

    10. I absolutely loved this book! What struck me most was the fact that Stephen Puleo gave the molasses flood a number of human faces. The majority of the book is narrative by and about the people involved in the flood. The rest of the book is a chronicle of the time period. A huge part of this book is about showing the world of the mid 1910s and into the twenties, spanning the anarchist and labor movements, World War I, the rise of big business, and prohibition. Many of the quotes in Dark Tide reso [...]

    11. p. 197 "In a Memorial Day speech in the near future, Odgen [Judge Hugh Ogden soldier-lawyer who presided over the lawsuit against USIA with heroic impartiality:]would observe: "We have prospered. We have sold goods at high prices. We have accumulated the largest stock of gold any nation ever possessed, but have we done anymore than that? Have we in our blindness gained the whole world and lost our own soul? It was not to ensure material prosperity that our soldiers fought and diedat the relation [...]

    12. 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. Puleo is a powerful historian, weaving together a wide context of political movements, changing views of big business, and military technologies into a hammock in which to rest this one event of 1919. He draws from contemporary newspaper accounts, personal correspondence, and thousands of pages of trial transcripts to present well-documented portraits of [...]

    13. INTERESTING, ENTERTAINING, INFORMATIVE.“So that this steel reservoir contained on the day of the accident a weight of molasses equal to 130 hundred-ton locomotive engines…or thirteen thousand Ford automobiles.”History, mystery, and courtroom drama, with the singularly bizarre circumstance of, as my friend, Newengland so well phrased it, "death by molasses.” Oh yeah, and along with a major disaster, there's a World War, the Great Influenza Pandemic, the onset of prohibition, and bunches [...]

    14. 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. However this was not fiction, this really happened in January of 1919 and the gush of molasses caused tremendous damage to homes and businesses, as well as the lives of about twenty people. This is an excellent work of well researched nonfiction that chronicles the establish [...]

    15. The writing style was a bit overwrought for my taste at times, so let's compare it to all the other books out there about the Great Molasses Flood, oh wait, there aren't any.

    16. COMBINE: incompetence, United States Industrial Alcohol (USIA) leadership ignoring and covering up obvious problems (Hey – molasses is leaking through the seams of this gray tank and soaking the ground. If we have the tank painted rust-color and put wood chips on the ground, no one will be able to tell. Now we just have to keep shooing away the neighborhood kids who keep sneaking in to collect molasses and firewood), dishonest steel suppliers, anarchists in the woodworks…And SHAKE (or just p [...]

    17. Reading this for my bookclub discussion was my main motivation to actually slog through the lawyer-y-ness of this very dry but very interesting book. I found it extremely boring, but the event of the molasses tank crashing down on Boston is horrifying. This book is so well researched and I'm glad to know the story. I understand, after forcing myself to read on, why so many details were included about the trial, the history of Ogden and other backstory details of people and eventse details helped [...]

    18. Material is basically a legal battle, a political thriller, social commentary, anticap yelling, and slice-of-life history, wrapped around a fascinating/terrifying engineering disaster. I'm a nerd and a Boston transplant and found it really interesting, although Puleo may need some time away from italics formatting.

    19. I had heard about the Great Boston Molasses Flood, but this book brings to life the story behind it. From the innocent lives it took, to an era of corporate greed, to the pre- and post-WWI America, to the anti-immigrant feeling of the time, Mr. Puleo's book is highly accessible, readable and just plain good! Recommended for history buffs who want to perhaps learn something new.

    20. a fabulous read about so much more than the Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. an overview of The Great War and Italian anarchists in America, including Sacco and Vanzetti and the ridiculous Michael Dukakis.

    21. Fascinating piece of history that, surprisingly, is vastly untold to today’s generation. I just felt the author stretched it to be twice as long as it should have been.

    22. First, let me say this is one of those books you remember for a long time, and which is likely to be kept in print for a long time, because it does its basic job so well. You can write a book about a local historical event, and miss the bigger picture; or you can write a historical book that is almost all historical context but which ends up with no meat on the actual bone (I'm thinking of the recent Henry Hudson book, Fatal Journey); and too often the history bookshelves are choked with one or [...]

    23. Stephen Puleo, Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 (Beacon Press, 2003)When I finished reading this book, there was still snow on the ground. Here we are enjoying a string of ninety-plus days that has stretched on seemingly endlessly. It's been four months and a few days, to be more precise. I've been mulling over what to say about Dark Tide ever since. I don't know why I haven't come up with anything; I enjoyed it quite a bit, and if it's not still as fresh in my memory as it was [...]

    24. Dark Tide is a well-written history of the collapse of a 2.3 million gallon molasses tank that occurred in Boston in 1919. The book encompasses the events from the inception of the molasses storage tank (Part I), through the tank’s collapse (Part II), to the ensuing litigation (Part III). The book is well-researched and well-written. Puleo clearly knows the subject matter. Aided by, among other thing, thousands of pages of court transcripts, he is able to effectively bring the people connected [...]

    25. Like the vast majority of the American public, I had only heard faint reports of this event in the early 20th Century, and most of the time what it sounded like was some kind of urban legend. Did it even happen at all or is it just a clever story to tell the Boston tourists? Well, after reading this excellently researched work by Stephen Puleo, I can say that it did indeed happen and it was most certainly a tragedy, not the least because it didn't have to happen at all. Just as in another of his [...]

    26. Boston's Great Molasses Flood of January 15, 1919 sticks [sic] in popular consciousness mostly as a risible curiosity, a freakish event best relegated to one of American history's sideshows. Stephen Puleo has rescued it from that sorry fate, lifted it up for study, and transformed it into a mirror of early 20th century American society. High-handed and shady dealings of industry; fervid dreams of anarchists; divisions of class and ethnicity; gaps in governmental regulation -- all these factors a [...]

    27. This is an entertaining and immensely readible book. Puleo does a great job in making the events and people involved in the 1919 Boston Molasses Flood come to life. He follows the construction of the molasses tank in 1915 through the end of the court case in 1925. The key point in the story is (obviously) the day the molasses tank broke, spilling 2.3 million gallons of molasses in one of Boston's busiest neighborhood killing 20 and injuring hundreds. Puleo also tries to put the molasses tank in [...]

    28. If you aren't aware of the Molasses Flood of 1919, you are likely, as I was, to chuckle just thinking about the Boston waterfront coated in the sticky stuff. But Stephen Puleo's narrative of this event is terrifying, heartbreaking, dramatic, yet never seems sensationalist. He opens the door to reveal a history not just of an isolated terrible tragedy, but the ongoing struggle between corporate power, politics, and ethnic/class stratification. This book isn't just about the fifteen foot high wave [...]

    29. I really enjoyed this book, even with its dark subject matter. Cut into three parts (construction, flood and aftermath, civil court case), the book truly tries to relate everything that was happening in that time surrounding the flood. While it can be repetitive at times, it recounts the history as stories and fragments taken from primary sources. It doesn't try to hoist emotions on the key characters, instead Puelo invokes what the reader would feel if placed in a certain situation.I spent a go [...]

    30. This book was an eye-opening look at an event which profoundly changed America, that hardly anyone knows about. An above ground storage tank of molasses collapsed and killed people. Molasses was used to create munitions during the first world war, as well as rum. So huge quantities of it were necessary. There were simply no regulations on storage tanks, where they could be located, or how they needed to be built. This book creates Boston in the early decades of the twentieth century and tells ab [...]

    31. This book was so interesting, I found myself doing research on some of the historical details referenced (League of Nations, Sacco and Venzetti, prohibition). Puleo uses the story of Boston's molasass flood to paint a picture of life in Boston (and America) from WWI to prohibition. It was a formative time in this country's history, for industry, politics, morals, industries' relationship to their labor force and citizens' relationship to their government. Puleo touches on all of this in his tell [...]

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