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Excerpts from a history of the housing project in Dorchester.
Events leading up to its initial funding.
Book: The story of the most expensive road project in American history.
Key moments in Boston radio history, from 1921 on.
Overview of the 1974 busing crisis by the Boston Globe.
Book: The story of the 1974 busing crisis, as told through three families; one workig-class black, one working-class Irish and one middle-class white and liberal.
An entire neighborhood destroyed in the name of "progress," i.e., the concrete skyscrapers of Charles River Park. Bostonians have never let it happen again.
Yes, it really did happen.
A mostly pictoral look at Boston's infamous - but no less historical - Scollay Square
Every bit as interesting as it sounds.
See where he was born at this national historic landmark. Closed winters.
83 Beals St.
Book: "In November 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower won the presidential election by a landslide vote. In Massachusetts, however, a relatively unknown and inexperienced Congressman John F. Kennedy narrowly defeated incumbent Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., to become only the third Democrat in the Commonwealth's history elected to the United States Senate."
History of the airport.
Biography of "The Mahatma," the famous ward boss of the West End.
Medieval Boston is an online exhibit chronicling changes in downtown Boston from the 1920s through today. Tons of photos and explanations of how things have changed. It's not all depressing - check out the photo of the large "Premium Ham" billboard and building that used to be where Sam Adams now glowers at the tourists in front of Faneuil Hall.
The Nichols House Museum offers a unique glimpse into late 19th and early 20th century domestic life on Boston's historic Beacon Hill. The four-story townhouse was built in 1804 during the early development of Beacon Hill. The original Federal design is attributed to Charles Bulfinch. The interiors are decorated with original furnishings of the Nichols' family. The museum offers an active schedule of lectures, events, and educational programs throughout the year.
"The Boston Police Strike in the Context of American Labor." Scroll down for the paper.
Biography of the former Speaker of the House from Cambridge.
Political Waters: The Long, Dirty, Contentious, Incredibly Expensive, but Eventually Triumphant Hist
Sewage management is rarely as compelling and exciting as higher profile environmental issues such as global climate change, preserving endangered species, or protecting tropical rainforests. But it can be, as Eric Jay Dolin shows in this engaging narrative account. Boston' struggle to deal with its sewage is an epic story of failure and success, replete with colorful characters, political, bureaucratic, and legal twists and turns, engineering feats, and massive amounts of money. In the end, success hinged on the often overlooked yet monumentally important act of responsibly disposing of the waste people produce every day.
Book: Jack Beatty's biography of James Michael Curley.
Tried and convicted in Dedham, waked in the North End. A special report by the Boston Globe.
Book: The story of the family's rise to power.
Book: A biography of the Cambridge-reared former speaker of the House.
Dedicated to the nine firefighters who lost their lives in a fire at the Hotel Vendome in 1972.
Book: "Sarah Deutsch examines the relationship between the city's evolving structure and the choices and strategies of various groups of women. Her study follows the efforts of working-class, middle-class, and elite matrons as they struggled to shape the city to meet their respective needs. In succeeding, they redefined the moral geography of the city, and broadened Deutsch's own opportunities many decades later."
More than 130 first-person accounts of life in Massachusetts during the Depression.
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