A City in Terror : Calvin Coolidge and the 1919 Boston Police Strike
Francis RussellISBN: 0807050334;
Book DescriptionOn September 9, 1919, an American nightmare came true. The entire Boston police force deserted their posts, leaving the city virtually defenseless. Their strike 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. "The Boston Police Strike, longforgotten 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"sHistory of the United States "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...
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