Public Program, Conversation The Great Molasses Flood Revisited: Immigrants in an Industrial Accident 14 March 2019.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Registration for this program is now closed. Stephen Puleo; Marilynn Johnson, Boston College; Jim Vrabel; and moderator Peter Drummey This program will be held at MHS.

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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.

The program is a collaboration between MHS and Old South Meeting House.