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Boston’s Rat Day of 1917

The upper-class women of Boston gave $1.34 for every rat carcass turned in during Rat Day of 1917, but the numbers of dead rodents fell far below their expectations. It was the last Rat Day in Beantown. The war on ...

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6 Religious Revival Camps

Tens of thousands of New Englanders went to religious revival camps in the summer to pray, preach and sing during the 19th and well into the 20th centuries. The camp meetings inspired intense religious contemplation in the great outdoors for ...

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6 Stops on the Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was a network of people who hid fugitives from slavery in their homes during the day and moved them north by night to free states, Canada or England. New England was a natural destination for refugees. The ...

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