The Great Molasses Flood by Deborah Kops

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A strange and sticky piece of history. January 15, 1919, started off as a normal day in Boston’s North End. Workers took a break for lunch, children played in the park, trains made trips between North and South Stations. Then all of a sudden a large tank of molasses exploded, sending shards of metal hundreds of feet away, collapsing buildings, and coating the harborfront community with a thick layer of sticky-sweet sludge. Deborah Kops takes the reader through this bizarre and relatively unknown disaster, including the cleanup and court proceedings that followed. What happened? Why did the tank explode? Many people died or were injured in the accident—who was to blame? Kops focuses on several individuals involved in the events of that day, creating a more personal look at this terrible tragedy.
 

About Deborah Kops

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Deborah J. Kops is the author of over a dozen nonfiction children's books, including Zachary Taylor: America's 12th President, and her Wild Birds of Prey series. She lives in Westford, Massachusetts.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Charlesbridge. 112 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books.

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U.S. Industrial Alcohol, the hearings that followed the event, Kops has done a fine job of resurrecting the story and recreating the day through third-person stories of the actual players.

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