The fascinating story of Boston's violent past is told for the first time in this history of the city's riots, from the food shortage uprisings in the 18th century to the anti-busing riots of the 20th century.
370 Years of Tavern History in One Definitive Guide
Author: Gavin Nathan
The best single source on Boston taverns, then and now. A must have guide for locals and visitors alike: Visit the best examples of old taverns in and around Boston now. Learn how taverns evolved from 1630 to today. Create authentic drinks including Flap Dragon, Flip, Grog, Gumption, Jingle, Syllabub and Whistle Belly Vengeance. Cook a tavern feast, influenced by local ingredients and native Indian cooking. Explore the role taverns played in the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's Ride, the Siege of Boston and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Meet the tavern keepers of bygone Boston and their colorful clientele including James Otis, Sam Adams and Judge Sewall. Discover the origins of local tavern names such as the Bunch of Grapes, Bell in Hand and Green Dragon. Unearth the hidden history in Boston taverns today.
The Boston Elevated Railway broke ground in 1899 for a new transit service that opened in 1901, providing a seven-mile elevated railway that connected Dudley Street Station in Roxbury and Sullivan Square Station in Charlestown, two huge multilevel terminals. When the EL, as it was popularly known, opened for service, it provided an unencumbered route high above the surging traffic of Boston, until it went underground through the city. The new trains of the EL were elegant coaches of African mahogany, bronze hardware, plush upholstered seats, plate glass windows, and exteriors of aurora red with silver gilt striping and slate grey roofs. They stopped at ten equally distinguished train stations, designed by the noted architect Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow. All of this elegance, let alone convenience, could be had for the price of a five-cent ticket. The popularity of the EL was instantaneous. The railway continued to provide transportation service high above Boston's streets until 1987, when it was unfortunately ended after 86 years of elevated operation. Today, the squealing wheels of the Elevated trains, the rocking coaches, the fascinating views, and the fanciful copper-roofed stations of the line are a missing part of the character of Boston, when one could ride high above the city for a nickel.
Postcard publishers had plenty to work with in the Boston area at the beginning of the 20th century, the heyday of the American postcard. This collection of vintage postcards shows how the Boston Harbor Islands offered romantic scenery, historic lighthouses, and majestic coastal artillery forts, picturesque summer destinations, and a working waterfront.
During the early part of the 20th century, technological advances in the printing industry spawned a new fad: postcard collecting. Publishers dispatched photographers to communities throughout the country and produced iconic images that formed a portrait of the nation. Travelers used postcards to communicate with friends and family and to maintain a visual record of their itineraries. Although the fad was short lived, thousands of postcards and, in some cases, entire collections survive to this day. Through vintage postcards, South Boston shows one of Bostons most beautiful neighborhoods with miles of sandy beaches, shaded thoroughfares, and well-kept brick and wood frame homes. South Boston is an Irish American enclave that has probably undergone fewer physical and social changes than any other section of the city.
South Boston, once a part of Dorchester, was annexed to the city of Boston in 1804. Previously known as a tight-knit community of Polish, Lithuanian, and Irish Americans, South Boston has seen tremendous growth and unprecedented change in the last decade.
The first of the two Reports under notice is believed to contain every entry of birth, marriage, and death recorded in Boston during the first seventy years of its existence and every entry of baptism on the records of the First Church for the same period. Some 50,000 persons are named in the four classes of records. The subjoined Report contains all births recorded between 1700 and 1800, an additional 60,000 persons.