A City in Terror: Calvin Coolidge and the 1919 Boston Police by Rosalind Russell

By Rosalind Russell

On September nine, 1919, an American nightmare got here actual. the total Boston police strength abandoned their posts, leaving town almost defenseless. ladies have been raped on highway corners, shops have been looted, and pedestrians have been crushed and robbed whereas crowds not just appeared on yet cheered.

The police strike and the mayhem that made an not noticeable governor, Calvin Coolidge, recognized all through the US, turning him right into a nationwide hero and, finally, a president. It additionally created a monster: for 2 days, greater than 700,000 citizens of Boston's city middle have been with out police security, and the mob governed the streets.

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