This week’s episode takes on the early history of Bostons Chinatown, two murders that took place there at the turn of the twentieth century, and a terrifying crackdown on Chinese Americans in Boston that sparked an international incident and has parallels in todays headlines.
- The Eagle Seeks a Helpless Quarry, K Scott Wong
- Murder and the Death Penalty in Massachusetts, Alan Rogers
- “The Chinese Boycott,” John W Foster
- Contemporary news coverage of the 1903 raid and convictions in the case of the 1907 massacre.
- The header photo was taken on Harrison Ave in Chinatown in approximately 1890.
This Week in Boston History
- October 9, 1635: Roger Williams banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony
- October 10, 1804: The Snow Hurricane damages much of Boston.
- October 11, 1858: Jefferson Davis speaks at Faneuil Hall about how good slavery is.
- October 12, 1928: The first patient is treated with an iron lung.
- October 13, 1914: The Boston Braves complete the first World Series sweep.
- October 14, 1656: Laws are instituted to prevent the spread of Quakerism in Massachusetts.
- October 15, 1900: The first concert is held at Boston’s Symphony Hall.