Episode 26: Isaiah Thomas and the American Oracle of Liberty

This week, we’re going to talk about Isaiah Thomas.  Not the NBA star, but the colonial printer and founder of the Massachusetts Spy, whose office became known by the British as the Sedition Foundry.  He snuck his presses out of Boston on the eve of war, helped Paul Revere spread the news of the British march, and shared first-hand accounts of the battles at Concord and Lexington.  Later, he would spread his business empire across multiple states, and become a historian, founding the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Listen to his story!

Isaiah Thomas and the American Oracle of Liberty


This Week in Boston History

State House, sacred cod

  • Learn more about Boston’s original Town House, which was also used as a public market, in this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast.  Below, you’ll see a rendering of the original Town House, along with some pictures of the Old State House’s lion and unicorn.

  • The financial plan for Boston’s completely insane plan for a bicentennial expo, and some pictures of the plan below.