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

Beacon Press, 15/05/2005 - 264 páginas
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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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A Personal Recollection
The Year of Disillusion
The Boston Police Department
Overture to a Strike
Summers End in Boston
On a Tuesday in September
The Riots
The Ghost of Scollay Square
Postscript in Baltimore
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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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