During the Salem witch trials, Elizabeth Howe of Linebrook Road was tried and hanged. The Ipswich jail was filled with the accused, but the ministers of the town opposed the trials as a delusion. Residents blocked the bridge to prevent the accusing girls from being brought into Ipswich.
The Cape Ann Earthquake, November 18, 1755
November 5: Guy Fawkes Day (“Pope Night”)
The Marblehead smallpox riot, January 1774
Paul Revere’s not so famous ride through Ipswich, December 13, 1774
Ipswich mob attacks Loyalist Representative Dr. John Calef
Hannah Jumper leads raid on Rockport liquor establishments, July 8, 1856
“We walked in the clouds and could not see our way”
The Ipswich Convention and the Essex Result
The Great Ipswich Fright, April 21, 1775
PTSD in the Massachusetts Bay Colony
“At long last, sir, have you left no sense of decency?”
On June 9, 1954, before a nationwide television audience, Joseph Welch of Waltham replied to Joseph McCarthy, "Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness."
The Dark Day, May 19, 1780
1854: Anti-immigrant Know Nothing Party sweeps Massachusetts elections
Prejudice disguised as patriotism repeats itself in American politics. In 1854, the "Know Nothing" American Party formed in opposition to Irish immigration and carried local elections in New England communities. They swept the state of Massachusetts in the fall 1854 elections but were defeated two years later.
Boston Irish Long Remembered the 1834 Charlestown Convent Fire
Featured image: Woodcut image of the 1834 burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Catholics and fair minded Bostonians were dismayed by the tragedy. by Helen Breen This week marks the 183th anniversary of the burning and ransacking of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown, Massachusetts on August 11, 1834. The outrage would smolder in the… Continue reading Boston Irish Long Remembered the 1834 Charlestown Convent Fire