The Historical Silences : The Consequences Of Historical Silences

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Throughout history, there have been many accounts of events that have been covered up by the media, other tragic events, or even the government in some cases. Other events that are not well known today and that are not taught in an average history class are simply forgotten over the years. Both of these examples are known as historical silences. The historical silence that is explained in throughout this research paper is the Boston molasses flood that occurred on January 15, 1919. This molasses flood was caused by a tank bursting in the North End area of Boston. Although the reasons behind what actually caused the tank to burst are still unknown, there are many possibilities that have been discovered over time. These possibilities include the weather and the alcohol prohibition during this time. This event caused both emotional damage and physical damage that spread throughout this area of Boston. The Boston Molasses flood was not necessarily silenced or covered up, it was simply forgotten over time. The infamous 58-foot tall tank, which measured 90 feet in diameter and had a total circumference of 240 feet, was located on Commercial Street right in front of Boston Harbor, which was in a neighborhood consisted of all Italian immigrants, in the North End. The tank was the largest tank in the region at the time (Puleo, 10). The construction of this tank took the all of 1915. Arthur P. Jell was assigned this job by the Purity Distilling company which is part of
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