Igniting Independence: Pyrophobia and Crowd Action in Eighteenth Century Boston.

Sokol, Rebekah Bari.


  • One of the most predominant fears in America in the eighteenth century was of fire. An equalizer of all social classes and economic strata in its wake, fires surged through Boston on numerous occasions. Fire was terrifying unto itself, but colonists also feared the use of fire as a weapon, especially if they thought those setting fires did so on behalf of a vast conspiracy. Americans over time dev... read more
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