1922, 1st edition (MDCCCCXXII); The Page Company publishers, Boston; "From the time of Blackstone, the First Settler, to the Outbreak of the American Revolution"; hardbound in blue boards with red and black lettering and decor; quite good condition for 1922 with clean unmarked pages; page cutting is deckled format (rough-cut); small indentation on edge inside front cover (not bad) and slight binding issue (repaired); copyright is 1908 as stated on copyright page; overall quite good; includes a wonderful fold-out map of old Boston.
Mary Caroline Crawford -
Mary Caroline Crawford, known as “Boston’s social historian,” was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 5, 1874, to James and Mary Coburn Crawford. She attended the Girls’ Latin School of Boston and while there heard a newspaperwoman speak. She was determined to become a writer and began her historical career by describing Boston’s Old North Church in the school newspaper. She attended Radcliffe College, where she wrote a column for the Boston Budget , a society weekly, on activities at Radcliffe, and wrote a similar column for the Boston Transcript after graduation. She eventually became an editor and invented her own syndicate by selling her column to New York and Philadelphia papers. These columns grew into The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees (1902), a work on old houses in New England which was still selling twenty-five years later. In 1910 she wrote Romantic Days in Old Boston .
The history of Boston plays a central role in American history. In 1630, Puritan colonists from England founded Boston and helped it become the way it is today. Boston quickly became the political, commercial, financial, religious and educational center of the New England region. The American Revolution erupted in Boston, as the British retaliated harshly for the Boston Tea Party and the patriots fought back. They besieged the British in the city, with a famous battle at Breed's Hill in Charlestown on June 17, 1775 (which was lost by the colonists, but inflicted great damage against the British) and won the Siege of Boston, forcing the British to evacuate the city on March 17, 1776. However, the combination of American and British blockades of the town and port during the conflict seriously damaged the economy, and the population fell by two thirds in the 1770s.
The city recovered after 1800, re-establishing its role as the transportation hub for the New England region with its network of railroads, and even more important, the intellectual, educational and medical center of the nation. Along with New York, Boston was the financial center of the United States in the 19th century, and was especially important in funding railroads nationwide. In the Civil War era, it was the base for many anti-slavery activities. In the 19th century the city was dominated by an elite known as the Boston Brahmins. They faced the political challenge coming from Catholic immigrants. The Irish Catholics, typified by the Kennedy Family, took political control of the city by 1900.