By Stephen Puleo
Presently after midday on January 15, 1919, a fifty-foot-tall metal tank choked with 2.3 million gallons of molasses collapsed on Boston"s waterfront, disgorging its contents as a fifteen-foot-high wave of molasses that in brief traveled at thirty-five miles according to hour. while the tide receded, a piece of the city"s North finish were reworked right into a warfare region. the nice Boston Molasses Flood claimed the lives of twenty-one humans and ratings of animals, injured a hundred and fifty, and prompted common destruction.
But the molasses flood was once greater than an remoted occasion. Its tale overlays America"s tale in the course of a tumultuous decade in our historical past. Tracing the period from the tank"s building in 1915 in the course of the multiyear lawsuit that the tragedy, darkish Tide makes use of the drama of the flood to envision the sweeping adjustments led to by way of international warfare I, Prohibition, the Anarchist move, the purple Scare, immigration, and the function of huge enterprise in society.
Stephen Puleo is a former award-winning newspaper reporter and now works in company public family within the Boston region. He has performed vast examine on Boston"s North finish, the place the molasses flood came about, and is a widespread contributor to American heritage journal. He lives within the Boston sector.
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