Humanities Event

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Nearly 60 percent of Italian immigrants living in the North End in early part of the 20th century lacked legal citizenship, diminishing their political voice when the Purity Distilling Company erected a shoddily built molasses tank in their densely populated neighborhood. The tragedy that followed is a central event in Boston's urban and immigrant history, and still elicits questions as to the rights of non-citizen residents and the responsibilities of city governments to protect vulnerable communities. The final panel in our Molasses Flood Series will explore the social and political dimensions of immigration in Boston's past, present, and future. Join us for a panel discussion with Stephen Puleo, Jim Vrabel, Marilynn Johnson, and moderator Peter Drummey.