Venture back to the Boston
of the 1800s, when Back Bay was just a wide expanse of water to the west of the Shawmut Peninsula and merchants peddled their wares to sailors along the docks. Witness the beginning of the American Industrial Revolution, learn how a series of cultural movements made Boston the focal point of abolitionism in America, with leaders like William Lloyd Garrison
, and see the golden age of the arts ushered in with notables Longfellow, Holmes
, Copley, Sargent and Isabella Stewart Gardner. Travel with local historian Ted Clarke down the cobbled streets of Boston to discover its history in the golden age.
Boston was founded by Puritans soon after their arrival at Massachusetts Bay and is the largest city in New England. William Lloyd Garrison was a free black in Massachusetts who published an abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, until after the Civil War. Oliver Wendell Holmes was the given name of two prominent Massachusetts men, the second of whom became a justice on the Supreme Court.