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A City So Grand

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A City So Grand by Stephen Puleo
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May 17, 2011 | ISBN 9780807001493

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 “It’s been quite a while since I’ve read anything—fiction or nonfiction—so enthralling.”—Dennis Lehane

“Stephen Puleo’s new book is more evidence of the urban role in civilization, as it reminds us of the remarkable accomplishments of late nineteenth-century Boston.”—Edward Glaeser, The New Republic book blog
“Stephen Puleo, a historian of Boston who has written about the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 and the Italian community in the North End, takes a wider view in his new book, A City So Grand. The cast of characters includes Frederick Douglass and Alexander Graham Bell. The Big Dig equivalents are the opening of the city’s underground subway system and the Great Boston Railroad Jubilee marking the beginning of train service to Montreal and Chicago.”—Jan Gardner, The Boston Globe
“‘No period in Boston’s history was more dynamic’ than the second half of the 19th century, writes Puleo in this smoothly narrated account of that time and place. . . . Despite tensions and disasters, Boston emerged as one of the world’s leading cities. . . . A thorough history.”—Publishers Weekly

Table Of Contents

Part One: A City So Bold
Chapter 1: Abolitionists and the Fugitive Slave Law
Chapter 2: The Great Railroad Jubilee
Chapter 3: The Irrepressible Irish
Chapter 4: Filling the Back Bay
Chapter 5: The Gallows Glorious
Part Two: A City Transformed
Chapter 6: No Turning Back
Chapter 7: War
Chapter 8: Peace, Expansion, Perserverance
Chapter 9: An End and a Beginning
Part Three: A City So Grand
Chapter 10: The Centennial, the Sensational, and Beyond
Chapter 11: Breaking New Ground
Bibliographic Essay

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