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

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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 On September 9, 1919, an American nightmare came true. The entire Boston police force deserted their posts, leaving the city virtually defenseless. Women were raped on street corners, stores were looted, and pedestrians were beaten and robbed while crowds not only looked on but cheered. The police strike and the mayhem that followed 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. 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 Compelling and lively . . . A City in Terror has plenty of drama and heroes and villains. Russell is at home in the history of the era and in Massachusetts, and he tells his story well; A City in Terror makes stimulating reading. -David M. Reimers, American Historical Review 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 Francis Russell was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1910. He attended Boston-area schools and during World War II was a captain in the Black Watch Royal Canadian Highlanders. He is the author of Tragedy in Dedham: The Story of the Sacco and Vanzetti Case, which won the Edgar Allen Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Russell died in 1989.

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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. Women were raped on street corners, stores were looted, and pedestrians were beaten and robbed while crowds not only looked on but cheered.

The police strike and the mayhem that followed 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.

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Now back in print, the classic history of the police strike that made Calvin Coolidge a president.

About the Author

Francis Russell was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1910. He attended Boston-area schools and during World War II was a captain in the Black Watch Royal Canadian Highlanders. He is the author of Tragedy in Dedham: The Story of the Sacco and Vanzetti Case, which won the Edgar Allen Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Russell died in 1989.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807050330
Author:
Russell, Francis
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Russell, Rosalind
Location:
Boston
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
Police Strike, Boston, Mass., 1919.
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
Subject:
United States - State & Local - New England
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x .5 in .8438 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Crime » Enforcement and Investigation
History and Social Science » Politics » Labor
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 264 pages Beacon Press - English 9780807050330 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , On September 9, 1919, an American nightmare came true. The entire Boston police force deserted their posts, leaving the city virtually defenseless. Women were raped on street corners, stores were looted, and pedestrians were beaten and robbed while crowds not only looked on but cheered.

The police strike and the mayhem that followed 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.

"Synopsis" by , Now back in print, the classic history of the police strike that made Calvin Coolidge a president.
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