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  • Dark Tide

  • The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
  • By: Stephen Puleo
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters were playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like, "a roaring surf," one of them said later. Like, "a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence," said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window - "Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!" A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour.

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  • Don't Pass it by Because You Don't Like Molasses!

  • By Matthew on 08-18-16

Dark Tide - Relevant for Today

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Reviewed: 12-05-18

Well written, compelling, shows precedent for today’s safeguards but still has parallels for today’s discrimination. Lots of examples come to mind especially in the area of housing and attitudes toward minorities.