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The Atlas of Boston History

Edited by Nancy S. Seasholes

The Atlas of Boston History
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Edited by Nancy S. Seasholes

224 pages | 57 color plates | 11 x 14 | © 2019
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780226631158 Published October 2019
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Few American cities possess a history as long, rich, and fascinating as Boston’s. A site of momentous national political events from the Revolutionary War through the civil rights movement, Boston has also been an influential literary and cultural capital. From ancient glaciers to landmaking schemes and modern infrastructure projects, the city’s terrain has been transformed almost constantly over the centuries. The Atlas of Boston History traces the city’s history and geography from the last ice age to the present with beautifully rendered maps.
 
Edited by historian Nancy S. Seasholes, this landmark volume captures all aspects of Boston’s past in a series of fifty-seven stunning full-color spreads. Each section features newly created thematic maps that focus on moments and topics in that history. These maps are accompanied by hundreds of historical and contemporary illustrations and explanatory text from historians and other expert contributors. They illuminate a wide range of topics including Boston’s physical and economic development, changing demography, and social and cultural life. In lavishly produced detail, The Atlas of Boston History offers a vivid, refreshing perspective on the development of this iconic American city.

Contributors
Robert J. Allison, Robert Charles Anderson, John Avault, Joseph Bagley, Charles Bahne, Laurie Baise, J. L. Bell, Rebekah Bryer, Aubrey Butts, Benjamin L. Carp, Amy D. Finstein, Gerald Gamm, Richard Garver, Katherine Grandjean, Michelle Granshaw, James Green, Dean Grodzins, Karl Haglund, Ruth-Ann M. Harris, Arthur Krim, Stephanie Kruel, Kerima M. Lewis, Noam Maggor, Dane A. Morrison, James C. O’Connell, Mark Peterson, Marshall Pontrelli, Gayle Sawtelle, Nancy S. Seasholes, Reed Ueda, Lawrence J. Vale, Jim Vrabel, Sam Bass Warner, Jay Wickersham, and Susan Wilson
Contents
Introduction
Nancy S. Seasholes

Section I. The Setting

Introduction
Nancy S. Seasholes
Plate 1. The Boston Basin, before 5,000 BP
Joseph Bagley, Nancy S. Seasholes, Marshall Pontrelli, and Laurie Baise
Plate 2. The First Inhabitants, 12,000–400 BP
Joseph Bagley
Plate 3. Europeans Arrive in Massachusetts Bay, 1500s–1630
Dane Morrison

Section II. Making New England’s Metropolis

Introduction
Mark Peterson
Plate 4. Boston Is Founded, 1630–1640
Robert Charles Anderson
Plate 5. Boston’s Economy in the 1640s
Mark Peterson
Plate 6. Accommodation and Conflict, 1630–1676
Katherine A. Grandjean
Plate 7. Boston in 1676
Nancy S. Seasholes

Section III. A Provincial City in the British Empire

Introduction
Mark Peterson
Plate 8. Boston’s Economy, 1740–1760
Mark Peterson
Plate 9. Boston and the Slave Trade, 1638-Early 1800s
Kerima M. Lewis and Mark Peterson
Plate 10. Boston in 1743
Benjamin L. Carp
Plate 11. Revolutionary Boston, 1763–1776
J. L. Bell

Section IV. From Town to City Government

Introduction
Nancy S. Seasholes
Plate 12. Boston’s Economy, 1776–1807
Richard Garver
Plate 13. Boston in 1800
Gayle Sawtelle
Plate 14. Connections to the Mainland and Additions of Land, 1786–1828
Nancy S. Seasholes

Section V. “Athens of America”

Introduction
Dean Grodzins
Plate 15. Railroad Development, 1830–1855
Richard Garver
Plate 16. Early Landscaped Spaces, 1820–1860
Arthur Krim
Plate 17. Literary Boston, 1837–1891
Susan Wilson
Plate 18. Boston and Reform Movements, 1820–1865
Dean Grodzins
Plate 19. Abolitionist Movement, 1829–1865
Dean Grodzins

Section VI. Immigration and Industrialization

Introduction
Robert J. Allison
Plate 20. Irish Immigration, 1700s-1855
Ruth-Ann M. Harris
Plate 21. Boston in 1855: Population
Nancy S. Seasholes and Dean Grodzins
Plate 22. Boston in 1855: Economy
Richard Garver, Nancy S. Seasholes, and Arthur Krim
Plate 23. Development of the South End and Back Bay, 1845–1882
Nancy S. Seasholes
Plate 24. Great Fire of 1872
Nancy S. Seasholes
Plate 25. Addition of Land, 1828–1880
Nancy S. Seasholes
 
Section VII. Metropolitan Boston

Introduction
Karl Haglund
Plate 26. Annexation Movement, 1868–1873
Noam Maggor and Sam Bass Warner
Plate 27. Streetcar Suburbs, 1870–1900
Noam Maggor and Sam Bass Warner
Plate 28. Public Transportation, 1856–1918
Charles Bahne and Nancy S. Seasholes
Plate 29. Water and Sewerage Systems, 1795–1906
Nancy S. Seasholes
Plate 30. Boston and Metropolitan Park Systems, 1875–1919
Nancy S. Seasholes and Karl Haglund
 
Section VIII. Boston in the Late 1800s/Early 1900s

Introduction
Robert J. Allison
Plate 31. Boston’s Economy, 1905
Richard Garver
Plate 32. Sports and Recreation, 1895–1903
Richard Garver
Plate 33. Scollay Square, 1880s-1963
Rebekah Bryer
Plate 34. Theatrical Boston, 1880s-1930s
Michelle Granshaw
Plate 35. Cultural Boston, 1780–1915
Jay Wickersham
Plate 36. Enterprising Women, 1862–1914
Susan Wilson and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail
Plate 37. Social Service Institutions, c. 1900
James Green
Plate 38. Boston in 1910
Reed Ueda
Plate 39. 1910 Mayoral Election
James Green

Section IX. Decline

Introduction
John Avault
Plate 40. The Long Depression, 1920–1960
Richard Garver, John Avault, Sam Bass Warner, and James Green
Plate 41. Public Housing, 1935–2010
Lawrence J. Vale
Plate 42. Boston in 1950
John Avault
 
Section X. “The New Boston”

Introduction
Jim Vrabel
Plate 43. Addition of Land, 1880–2003
Nancy S. Seasholes
Plate 44. Highways and Airport, 1920–1973
Charles Bahne and Nancy S. Seasholes
Plate 45. Public Transportation, 1918–1967
Nancy S. Seasholes and Charles Bahne
Plate 46. Relocation to the Suburbs, 1940–1970
James C. O’Connell and Gerald Gamm
Plate 47. The Urban Renewal Era, 1949–1974
Richard Garver
Plate 48. Boston School Busing, 1974–
Jim Vrabel

Section XI. Boston in the Early 2000s

Introduction
John Avault
Plate 49. Updating the Water System, 1907–2013
Nancy S. Seasholes
Plate 50. Updating the Sewerage System, 1907–2013
Nancy S. Seasholes
Plate 51. Updating Highways and Public Transportation, 1967–2017
Amy D. Finstein, Nancy S. Seasholes, and Charles Bahne
Plate 52. Boston's Economy: Higher Education in 2018
Aubrey Butts and Arthur Krim
Plate 53. Boston's Economy: Medical Center in 2016
John Avault, Nancy S. Seasholes, and Arthur Krim
Plate 54. Boston's Economy: Commercial Center in 2019
John Avault and Richard Garver
Plate 55. Boston's Economy: Visitors and Tourists in 2017
Richard Garver
Plate 56. Environmental Challenges in 2014
Stephanie Kruel
Plate 57. Boston in 2010
John Avault and Jim Vrabel
 
Acknowledgments
Appendix: Boston’s Population 1687–2010
Additional Information, Sources, and Credits
List of Contributors
Index
Review Quotes
Boston Globe
“Boston history buffs as well as lovers of cartography will find much pleasure in The Atlas of Boston History. . . a series of striking maps that cover ground from the ice age to the present day. . . . The book is a rich new way of looking at the city.”
Susan Schulten, author of A History of America in 100 Maps
The Atlas of Boston History excavates four centuries of the city’s rise, fall, and rise again. With thoughtful essays that introduce new maps and historic sources, the authors guide the reader through the city’s evolution from multiple angles. The result is a chronological picture of the environmental, social, cultural, and intellectual history of one of North America’s most enduring urban centers. General readers will appreciate its clear explanation of the city’s spatial history, while scholars will profit from a vital reference work that also serves as a source of new discovery.”
Barnet Schecter, author of George Washington’s America: A Biography Through His Maps
The Atlas of Boston History is a visual feast and a triumph of storytelling through words and images. Mapping the forces that have shaped and reshaped the city, from the Ice Age to the Big Dig to Global Warming, this panoramic narrative also encompasses the human saga of a diverse population and its ongoing struggles to forge a just society.”
HUB History
"...what sets this book apart is its beauty. As the name Atlas indicates, it is richly illustrated with maps, charts, diagrams, infographics, historical photos, paintings, and more.  It’s a book that I will use as a reference far into the future, and one that any of my fellow Boston history nerds will love."
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