By Stephen Puleo

Presently after midday on January 15, 1919, a fifty-foot-tall metal tank full of 2.3 million gallons of molasses collapsed on Boston"s waterfront, disgorging its contents as a fifteen-foot-high wave of molasses that in brief traveled at thirty-five miles in step with hour. whilst the tide receded, a piece of the city"s North finish were remodeled right into a battle region. the nice Boston Molasses Flood claimed the lives of twenty-one humans and ratings of animals, injured a hundred and fifty, and prompted common destruction.

But the molasses flood used to be greater than an remoted occasion. Its tale overlays America"s tale in the course of a tumultuous decade in our historical past. Tracing the period from the tank"s building in 1915 during the multiyear lawsuit that the tragedy, darkish Tide makes use of the drama of the flood to envision the sweeping alterations caused by way of global warfare I, Prohibition, the Anarchist circulate, the crimson Scare, immigration, and the function of massive company in society.

Stephen Puleo is a former award-winning newspaper reporter and now works in company public relatives within the Boston quarter. He has performed wide examine on Boston"s North finish, the place the molasses flood came about, and is a common contributor to American background journal. He lives within the Boston region.

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Robert M. T. Hunter of Virginia and James Guthrie of Kentucky had thrown their hats in the ring, but neither could corral much support. Both had established luxurious quarters and offered free drinks and free lunch to all comers. Hunter's friends dispensed free wine and free advice; Guthrie's used bonded whiskey and bland arguments. " Douglas certainly was the pivotal individual at the convention. 31 Vallandigham, of course, had known for several months that every one of the forty-six Ohio delegates was pledged to Stephen A.

The election returns of 1859 disappointed the Democrats. In Ohio the Republicans elected William Dennison, their gubernatorial candidate, won control over both houses of the state legislature, and carried forty-eight counties-five more than in 1857. Truly, it seemed that radicalism was in fashion. Dayton Republicans sponsored a noisy and spirited celebration, rubbing salt in Democratic wounds. "They [the Republicans] were very jubilant over their victory," one of Vallandigham's supporters wrote "and celebrated it .

The presiding officer, Caleb Cushing, threatened to vacate the chair. 36 To the uninitiated, it looked as if the Douglas delegates had walked off with a tactical victory. Sunday was no day of rest for the politicians assembled in Charleston. Most of the delegates went to church, undoubtedly asking God to enlighten their enemies and sanction their own convictions. South Carolina and Alabama delegates agreed to walk out of the convention if the next day's roll-call vote approved the pro-Douglas platform.

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