Episode 28: The 1919 Boston Police Strike

This week, we take an in depth look at the 1919 Boston http://healthsavy.com/product/soma/ Police Strike and ensuing riots.  In the post-WW1 inflation of the summer of 1919, Boston police officers were earning wages set in 1857.  Around the country, workers were striking, while the upper classes feared a Bolshevik-influenced revolution.  When 72% of the police force walked off the job, lawlessness ruled in Boston for several days.  Governor Calvin Coolidge sent in the state militia, and emerged a hero, paving his way to the White House.  Listen to the story!

The 1919 Boston Police Strike

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