History

Chinese Americans in Boston trace their historical origins to pioneering settlements of merchants, workers, and students in different parts of New England. After the 1880s, hundreds of Chinese...
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In 1764, a small town in the British colony of Massachusetts ignited a bold rebellion. When Great Britain levied the Sugar Act on its American colonies, Parliament was not prepared for Boston's...
A unique introduction to the history of Boston through archaeological objects
The unabridged audio version of Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm, read by Richard M. Davidson, moves in the same haunting fashion as the deadly storm referenced in the title. Opening...

"There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real." ―Los Angeles Times

It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over...

FROM THE FOOD UPRISINGS in the early 1700s to the notorious antibusing riots in the mid-1970s, incidents of communal social violence have played a significant role in Boston's history. The remarkable...
The great blizzard of 1978 is an event seared in the memory of anyone who lived through it. Most of Greater Boston was quickly overwhelmed by the storm, which shut down all forms of transit, stranded...
A groundbreaking account of the cataclysmic hurricane of 1938 and its devastating impact on New England’s inland forests

The hurricane that pummeled the northeastern United...
On September 14, 1716, Boston Light became the first lighthouse established in Colonial America. With many ships floundering in the treacherous waters of the Massachusetts harbor, there was a great...

Before the 1820s, the vast majority of Americans ate only at home. As the nation began to urbanize and industrialize, home and work became increasingly divided, resulting in new forms of...

Larz and Isabel Anderson were wealthy socialites whose extraordinary lives spanned a century of American history—from the Civil War to World War II. Their world included dozens of celebrities who...
Ghosts lurk in the waters near Boston's historic seaport, haunting the secluded islands scattered throughout the harbor. Boston Harbor brims with the restless spirits of pirates, prisoners and...
In 1915, two men—one a journalist agitator, the other a technically brilliant filmmaker—incited a public confrontation that roiled America, pitting black against white, Hollywood against Boston...
In the early spring of 1775, on a farm in Concord, Massachusetts, British army spies located four brass cannon belonging to Boston’s colonial militia that had gone missing months before. British...

Gang- and drug-related inner-city violence, with its attendant epidemic of incarceration, is the defining crime problem in our country. In some neighborhoods in America, one out of every two...

More than fifty years before the American Revolution, Boston was in revolt against the tyrannies of the Crown, Puritan Authority, and Superstition. This is the story of a fateful year that prefigured...
From sports to politics, food to finance, aviation to engineering, to bitter disputes over simple boundaries themselves, New England’s feuds have peppered the region’s life for centuries...
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2017 Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Book
2017 Teachers' Choice Pick, International Literacy Association
An NCSS Notable Social...
In nearly a century and a half of continuous use, Boston’s Charles Street Jail was a bustling crossroads where the famous and infamous rubbed elbows. Everyone from Whitey Bulger to a captured German...
Often problematically labeled as “Brutalist” architecture, the concrete buildings that transformed Boston during 1960s and 1970s were conceived with progressive-minded intentions by some of the world...
From its opening on August 18, 1915 to the sudden departure of the Boston Braves to Milwaukee just weeks before the start of the 1953 baseball season, Braves Field was home to Boston's National...
Route 128 traces its origins to the late 1920s, when the Massachusetts Department of Public Works cobbled together a makeshift network of existing roads through Boston's suburbs. Between 1947 and...
In this vivid account of one of Boston's best-loved paintings, leading American art specialist Erica E. Hirshler illuminates the context of Childe Hassam's 1880s city scene. With its rosy rust tones...
The sons of liberty are celebrated in the rebellious history of Boston--but what of their sisters? An audacious and determined procession of reformers, socialites, criminals and madams made the city...
The social upheaval of the 1960s ushered in lasting change across the country, prompted, in part, by major civil rights and anti-poverty legislation, a record number of students seeking college...
Look out for Masha Gessen's new book, The Future is History, coming October 2017

An important story for our era: How the American Dream went wrong for two immigrants, and the...
The sons of liberty are celebrated in the rebellious history of Boston--but what of their sisters? An audacious and determined procession of reformers, socialites, criminals and madams made the city...

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How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective (and funniest) politicians of our...

Oliver Wendell Holmes coined the Massachusetts State House as the “Hub of the Universe.” In Boston: A Historic Walking Tour, readers are guided on a series of downtown walking tours that radiate out...
In the last third of the 19th century Boston grew from a crowded merchant town, in which nearly everybody walked to work, to a modern divided metropolis. The street railway created this division of...
Taking over their father’s downtown Boston clothing store in1890, Edward and Lincoln Filene developed it into the world’s largest if not best known specialty store. In the process, they launched a...
Regarded as the "World's Largest Specialty Store," William Filene's Sons Company, founded in 1870, brought fashion and entertainment to generations of Bostonians. Brothers Edward and Lincoln Filene...
When supplies were running low, Knox led a group of men through treacherous conditions to retrieve weapons and ammunition for the Colonial Army. His brave actions brought about a much-needed victory...

In late nineteenth-century Boston, home to Herman Melville and Oliver Wendell Holmes, a serial killer preying on children is running loose in the city—a wilderness of ruin caused by the Great Fire...

Acclaimed Boston photographer Bill Brett returns with Boston, Irish, a collection of more than 260 black-and-white photographs of the people and the city he loves. It is his most personal book yet....
The grand mansions and the elegant attached row houses of Beacon Street are the homes of Boston's elite and a backdrop for the city's long history. The iconic street is crowned with Charles Bullfinch...
Beacon Hill, an historic district and one of the oldest neighborhoods in America, welcomed its first resident in the 1620s. In colonial days, the area served as a strategic look-out point; in the...
The Wonder Years meets the Sopranos in this story that's based on the life of the author. It's the 1960's and Angela, and her mother and brother live in the Maverick Square Housing projects in East...

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