Though arguably America's most historic city, Boston also claims its share of little-known events. Our colonial past saw riotous mobs celebrating their hatred of the pope in an annual celebration called Pope's Night; William Monroe Trotter, champion of civil rights at the turn of the last century, published the independent African American newspaper the Boston Guardian; In 1991, a centuries-long turf war played out on the streets of quiet Chinatown, ending in the massacre of five men in a back alley. In her new book, author and historian Dina Vargo shines light into the cobwebbed corners of Boston's hidden history.
Dina Vargo is a volunteer docent for Boston by Foot, where she developed an interest for writing off-beat walking tours. She is also the author of Wild Women of Boston: Mettle and Moxie in the Hub.