Episode 2: How Cotton Mather Saved Boston

When smallpox threatened Boston in 1721, Cotton Mather was a leading advocate of inoculation.  How did this influential Puritan, best known for his role in the Salem witch trials, become an advocate for scientific medicine?  Listen to this week’s episode to find out!

How Cotton Mather saved Boston


This week in Boston history


  • Above: Birds-eye view map of the burned district from Boston’s Great Fire on November 9, 1872.
  • Below: A purely imaginary view of the fire.

The Great Fire at Boston

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