Again: this is not your average guide

This is an edition yet of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. This segment originally aired on November 20, 2020.

Boston is of course known for its history – but the city’s best-known people are largely white and male – think Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and Henry David Thoreau. Some of that has changed over the past few decades, as the 54th All-Black Boston Regiment, for example, helped highlight Boston’s African-American history. Still, most Boston guides will take you to the Freedom Trail and past sites where events like the Boston Tea Party have happened. But is there more to know beyond the facts of these well-told tales? Three local co-authors present a new guide, one that offers an expanded history to the region. ‘A People’s Guide to Greater Boston’, features sites associated with oppression and resistance, focusing on the neglected stories of underrepresented communities.


Joseph Nevins is professor of geography at Vassar College.

Suren Moodliar is the coordinator of encuentro5, a movement building space in downtown Boston, and editor of Socialism and Democracy, a strategy journal.

Eleni Macrakis is a Project Manager at Homeowners Rehab Inc. (HRI), a non-profit affordable housing developer in Cambridge, MA.