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This is the testimony of John Flynn, who worked at the Battery Wharf near Commercial Street. On the day of the disaster, Flynn was blown into the water by the force of the explosion. As he was tumbling through the air, he saw a car fly by…

Arthur Jell was the employee of the Purity Distilling Company placed in charge of the construction of the molasses tank. This excerpt from his testimony (during the trial Dorr vs. US Industrial Alcohol, which took place after the flood) reveals the…

George Sawyer's testimony retells some of his observations of the cleanup and recovery efforts after the flood.

This data table shows the influx of Italian immigrants during the early 1900's. Immigration reaches a peak in 1907 when over 285,000 immigrants enter the United States. Boston's North End became a home for many of these immigrants.

Strikebreakers are workers brought in to continue labor when a company's regular employees go on strike. This excerpt from "Ohio History" describes an incidence in which Italians were used to break a strike. Italian immigrants were considered a…

This article was published by the Boston Globe on February 7, it includes an updated list of deaths. Following the flood, two divergent theories developed as to the cause of the disaster. Many believed that the flood was a result of a lack of…

This image shows the size and relative location of the completed molasses tank. The tank's construction placed it in a sort of gray area in terms of regulation. It was not a building or a bridge or other regulated structure, and thus the blueprints…

This modern-day article summarizes the transition of the North End Italian population from isolation to involvement.

Luigi Galleani was a famous Italian anarchist active in America, he was arrested and deported in 1919. His followers were responsible for many bombings and terrorist attacks during the period leading up to the Molasses Flood. He blamed capitalism…
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