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One Book One Community Companion Page for Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
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The spring 2011 One Book One Community selection is Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo. This page provides resources for more information about Boston History, and the Flood.

Find out more!

Search these databases to find out more about this period in Massachusetts history. A BSU login is required. Please ask a reference librarian if you need assistance.

  • Massachusetts History Online
    Massachusetts History Online is a collection of full-text articles from 50 magazines and local newspapers for coverage of Massachusetts people, places and historical events.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps for Massachusetts
    These historical fire insurance maps provide detailed property and land-use records for Massachusetts towns and cities.
    Dates of coverage: 1867-1970
  • Academic OneFile
    Magazine, journal and newspaper articles on a wide variety of topics.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Articles from magazines, journals, newspapers, and other media.


These links provide additional background information to Boston history at the time of the flood.

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Alternate Reads

The first two selections are for younger readers. Adults who have already read Dark Tide, or who prefer fiction may want to read The Given Day.

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Joshua's Song - Joan Hiatt Harlow
Call Number: Young Adult Fiction H286j
ISBN: 0689855427
Needing to earn money after his father's death during the influenza epidemic of 1918, thirteen-year-old Joshua works as a newspaper boy in Boston, one day finding himself in the vicinity of an explosion that sends tons of molasses coursing through the streets. Ages 9-12

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The Great Molasses Flood - Beth Wagner Brust
ISBN: 0816745234
A young girl learns not to tell tall tales. This book is out of print. Some used copies will be made available to elementary school.

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The Given Day - Dennis Lehane
Call Number: PS3562.E426 G58 2008
Adult fiction about post World War I Boston, during the time of the Molasses flood.


History repeats itself

In September of 2013, off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, a pipe used to load molassess to ships leaked over 200,000 gallons of the thick sticky substance into the ocean. Tens of thousands of fish were killed. 

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Lesson Plans

Lesson plans from James Hayes-Bohanan's Geographic Frameworks class are available here.


More Information

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