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A City so Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900

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Once upon a time, Boston Town was an insulated New England township. But the community was destined for greatness. Between 1850 and 1900, Boston underwent a stunning metamorphosis to emerge as one of the world'sgreat metropolises-one that achieved national and international prominence in politics, medicine, education, science, social activism, literature, commerce, and transportation.

Long before thefrustrations of our modern era, in which the notion of accomplishing great things often appears overwhelming or even impossible, Boston distinguished itself in the last half of the nineteenth century by proving it couldtackle and overcome the most arduous of challenges and obstacles with repeated-and often resounding-success, becoming a city of vision and daring.

In A City So Grand, Stephen Puleochronicles this remarkable period in Boston's history, in his trademark page-turning style. Our journey begins with the ferocity of the abolitionist movement of the 1850s and ends with the glorious opening of America'sfirst subway station, in 1897. In between we witness the thirty-five-year engineering and city-planning feat of the Back Bay project, Boston's explosion in size through immigration and annexation, the devastating GreatFire of 1872 and subsequent rebuilding of downtown, and Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone utterance in 1876 from his lab at Exeter Place.

These lively stories and many more paint an extraordinaryportrait of a half century of progress, leadership, and influence that turned a New England town into a world-class city, giving us the Boston we know today.

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Synopsis:

Once upon a time, "Boston Town" was a large and insulated New England township. But between 1850 and 1900, Boston underwent a metamorphosis to become a thriving metropolis, one that achieved national and international prominence in politics, medicine, education, science, social activism, literature, commerce, and transportation.

Long before the frustrations of our modern era, in which the notion of accomplishing great things often appears overwhelming or even impossible, Boston distinguished itself in the last half of the nineteenth century by proving it could tackle and overcome the most arduous of challenges and obstacles with repeated—and often resounding—success, becoming a city with vision, daring, and an almost indomitable will to succeed.

In A City So Grand, Stephen Puleo chronicles this breathtaking period in Boston’s history for the first time, in his trademark page-turning style. Readers experience the abolitionist movement of the 1850s, the thirty-five-year engineering and city-planning feat of the Back Bay project, the Great Fire of 1872 and the subsequent rebuilding of downtown, and the many contributions Boston made to shaping transportation, including the Great Railroad Jubilee of 1851 and the grand opening of America’s first subway. These stories and many more paint an extraordinary portrait of a half-century of progress, leadership, and influence that redefined Boston as a world-class city.

About the Author

Stephen Puleo is author of the Boston Globe best seller The Boston Italians (Beacon / 5037-8 / $16.00 pb) and Dark Tide (Beacon / 5021-7 / $15.00 pb). He and his wife, Kate, live in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

A city so bold, 1850-1859 — Abolitionists and the Fugitive Slave Law — The great railroad jubilee — The irrepressible Irish — Filling the Back Bay — The gallows glorious — A city transformed, 1860-1875 — No turning back — War — Peace, expansion, perseverance — An end and a beginning — A city so grand, 1876-1900 — The centennial, the sensational, and beyond — Breaking new ground.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807050453
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
History : General
Author:
Puleo, Stephen
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
History : United States - State & Local - New England
Subject:
History : United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Political Science : Public Policy - City Planning & Urban De
Publication Date:
May 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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History and Social Science » World History » General

A City so Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900
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"Synopsis" by , Once upon a time, "Boston Town" was a large and insulated New England township. But between 1850 and 1900, Boston underwent a metamorphosis to become a thriving metropolis, one that achieved national and international prominence in politics, medicine, education, science, social activism, literature, commerce, and transportation.

Long before the frustrations of our modern era, in which the notion of accomplishing great things often appears overwhelming or even impossible, Boston distinguished itself in the last half of the nineteenth century by proving it could tackle and overcome the most arduous of challenges and obstacles with repeated—and often resounding—success, becoming a city with vision, daring, and an almost indomitable will to succeed.

In A City So Grand, Stephen Puleo chronicles this breathtaking period in Boston’s history for the first time, in his trademark page-turning style. Readers experience the abolitionist movement of the 1850s, the thirty-five-year engineering and city-planning feat of the Back Bay project, the Great Fire of 1872 and the subsequent rebuilding of downtown, and the many contributions Boston made to shaping transportation, including the Great Railroad Jubilee of 1851 and the grand opening of America’s first subway. These stories and many more paint an extraordinary portrait of a half-century of progress, leadership, and influence that redefined Boston as a world-class city.

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