Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 6:00p -
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02130
Join us for a panel discussion to mark the centennial of the Great Molasses Flood with author Stephen Puleo, Marilynn Johnson of Boston University, Jim Vrabel and moderator Peter Drummey.
Nearly 60 percent of Italian immigrants living in the North End in the early 20th century lacked legal citizenship, diminishing their political voice when the Purity Distilling Company erected a shoddily built molasses tank in their densely populated neighborhood. The tragedy that followed is a central event in Boston’s urban and immigrant history and still elicits questions as to the rights of non-citizen residents and the responsibilities of city governments to protect vulnerable communities. The final panel in our Molasses Flood Series will explore the social and political dimensions of immigration in Boston’s past, present and future.
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.