Reading List

For more materials, see the research guide
Selected Resources Documenting the 1919 Boston Police Strike


“Boston Police Vote to Unionize, Precipitating Riots,” Mass Moments website.

Brecher, Jeremy. “Nineteen Nineteen.” Strike! (Boston: South End Press, 1972).

Burpo, John H. The Police Labor Movement: Problems and Perspectives. (Springfield, Ill: Thomas, 1971).

Capozzola, Christopher. Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).

Green, James R. and Hugh Carter Donahue. Boston’s Workers: A Labor History. (Boston: Boston Public Library, 1979).

Koss, Frederick Manual. “The Boston Police Strike of 1919.” Ph.D. Dissertation, Boston University, 1960.

Murray, Robert K. “When Policemen Strike.” Red Scare: A Study in National Hysteria, 1919-1920. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1955): 122-134.

Police Commissioner for the City of Boston, Citizens’ Committee to Consider the Police Situation. The Boston Police Strike: Two reports, 1919. (New York: Arno Press, 1971).

Russell, Francis. A City in Terror: Calvin Coolidge and the 1919 Boston Police Strike. (New York: Viking Press, 1975).

Slater, Joseph E. “The Boston Police Strike of 1919.” Public Workers: Government Employee Unions, the Law, and the State, 1900-1962 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004), pp. 13-38.

Tager, Jack. Boston Riots: Three Centuries of Social Violence. (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2000).

Wells, Donna M. Boston Police Department. (Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003).

White, Jonathan R. “Violence during the 1919 Boston Police Strike: An Analysis of the Crime Control Myth.” Criminal Justice Review. 13:2 1988: 61-68.


Lehane, Dennis. The Given Day. (New York: William Morrow, 2008).

Redfearn, James G. The Rising at Roxbury Crossing. (Wrentham, MA: Olde Stoney Brook Publishing, 2012).

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