City in Terror : Calvin Coolidge and the 1919 Boston Police Strike

ISBN-10: 0807050334

ISBN-13: 9780807050330

Edition: 1975

Authors: Francis Russell

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On September 9, 1919, an American nightmare came true. The entire Boston police force deserted their posts, leaving the city virtually defenseless. Their strike made an inconspicuous governor, Calvin Coolidge, known throughout America, turning him into a national hero and, eventually, a president. It also created a monster: for two days, more than 700,000 residents of Boston"s urban core were without police protection, and the mob ruled the streets. "The Boston Police Strike, long forgotten and too long ignored, is here described with great drama and verve by Francis Russell. It is an extraordinary moment in the history of Boston, as well as an important event in the nation"s labor history."-Howard Zinn, author of A People"s History of the United States "Francis Russell is wonderfully aware of the subtle but important distinctions of class and neighborhood that have been so much a part of Boston"s history. A City in Terror is well written, full of shrewd social analysis and cultural history, and provides an account that gives perspective to today"s serious confrontations."-Robert Coles, New York Review of Books "A fascinating study and social history of one of the strangest episodes in American labor history . . . as well as an unforgettable lesson in the machinations of big-city and state politics." -The New Republic
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Book details

Copyright year: 1975
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 5/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A personal recollection
The year of disillusion
The Boston police department
Overture to a strike
Summer's end in Boston
On a Tuesday in September
The riots
Law and order
After the strike
The ghost of Scollay Square
Postscript in Baltimore
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