The Atlas of Boston History

The Atlas of Boston History

by Nancy S. Seasholes (Editor)

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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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226631158
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/10/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 201,993
Product dimensions: 11.30(w) x 14.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nancy S. Seasholes is a historian and historical archaeologist who works as an independent scholar. Her books include Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston and Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land.

Table of Contents

Nancy S. Seasholes
Section I. The Setting

Nancy S. SeasholesPlate 1. The Boston Basin, before 5,000 BP
Joseph Bagley, Nancy S. Seasholes, Marshall Pontrelli, and Laurie BaisePlate 2. The First Inhabitants, 12,000–400 BP
Joseph BagleyPlate 3. Europeans Arrive in Massachusetts Bay, 1500s–1630
Dane Morrison
Section II. Making New England’s Metropolis

Mark PetersonPlate 4. Boston Is Founded, 1630–1640
Robert Charles AndersonPlate 5. Boston’s Economy in the 1640s
Mark PetersonPlate 6. Accommodation and Conflict, 1630–1676
Katherine A. GrandjeanPlate 7. Boston in 1676
Nancy S. Seasholes
Section III. A Provincial City in the British Empire

Mark PetersonPlate 8. Boston’s Economy, 1740–1760
Mark PetersonPlate 9. Boston and the Slave Trade, 1638-Early 1800s
Kerima M. Lewis and Mark PetersonPlate 10. Boston in 1743
Benjamin L. CarpPlate 11. Revolutionary Boston, 1763–1776
J. L. Bell
Section IV. From Town to City Government

Nancy S. SeasholesPlate 12. Boston’s Economy, 1776–1807
Richard GarverPlate 13. Boston in 1800
Gayle SawtellePlate 14. Connections to the Mainland and Additions of Land, 1786–1828
Nancy S. Seasholes
Section V. “Athens of America”

Dean GrodzinsPlate 15. Railroad Development, 1830–1855
Richard GarverPlate 16. Early Landscaped Spaces, 1820–1860
Arthur KrimPlate 17. Literary Boston, 1837–1891
Susan WilsonPlate 18. Boston and Reform Movements, 1820–1865
Dean GrodzinsPlate 19. Abolitionist Movement, 1829–1865
Dean Grodzins
Section VI. Immigration and Industrialization

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

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

Robert J. AllisonPlate 31. Boston’s Economy, 1905
Richard GarverPlate 32. Sports and Recreation, 1895–1903
Richard GarverPlate 33. Scollay Square, 1880s-1963
Rebekah BryerPlate 34. Theatrical Boston, 1880s-1930s
Michelle GranshawPlate 35. Cultural Boston, 1780–1915
Jay WickershamPlate 36. Enterprising Women, 1862–1914
Susan Wilson and the Boston Women’s Heritage TrailPlate 37. Social Service Institutions, c. 1900
James GreenPlate 38. Boston in 1910
Reed UedaPlate 39. 1910 Mayoral Election
James Green
Section IX. Decline

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

Jim VrabelPlate 43. Addition of Land, 1880–2003
Nancy S. SeasholesPlate 44. Highways and Airport, 1920–1973
Charles Bahne and Nancy S. SeasholesPlate 45. Public Transportation, 1918–1967
Nancy S. Seasholes and Charles BahnePlate 46. Relocation to the Suburbs, 1940–1970
James C. O’Connell and Gerald GammPlate 47. The Urban Renewal Era, 1949–1974
Richard GarverPlate 48. Boston School Busing, 1974–
Jim Vrabel
Section XI. Boston in the Early 2000s

John AvaultPlate 49. Updating the Water System, 1907–2013
Nancy S. SeasholesPlate 50. Updating the Sewerage System, 1907–2013
Nancy S. SeasholesPlate 51. Updating Highways and Public Transportation, 1967–2017
Amy D. Finstein, Nancy S. Seasholes, and Charles BahnePlate 52. Boston's Economy: Higher Education in 2018
Aubrey Butts and Arthur KrimPlate 53. Boston's Economy: Medical Center in 2016
John Avault, Nancy S. Seasholes, and Arthur KrimPlate 54. Boston's Economy: Commercial Center in 2019
John Avault and Richard GarverPlate 55. Boston's Economy: Visitors and Tourists in 2017
Richard GarverPlate 56. Environmental Challenges in 2014
Stephanie KruelPlate 57. Boston in 2010
John Avault and Jim Vrabel
Appendix: Boston’s Population 1687–2010
Additional Information, Sources, and Credits
List of Contributors

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