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The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Boston, April 5, 1976. As the city simmered with racial tension over forced school busing, newsman Forman photographed a white protester outside City Hall assaulting the Black attorney Landsmarck with the American flag. The photograph shocked Boston and made front pages across the U.S. and the world and won a Pulitzer Prize. Masur has done extensive research, including personal interviews with those involved, to reveal the unknown story of what really happened that day and afterward. This evocative “biography of a photograph” unpacks this arresting image to trace the lives of the men who intersected at that moment, to examine the power of photography and the meaning of the flag, and to reveal how a single picture helped change race relations in Boston and America. The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, like the photograph itself, offers a dramatic window into the turbulence of the 1970s and race relations in America.


Historian who writes and lectures about a range of topics including Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, the Founding Fathers, visual culture, and the history of Rock and Roll.
Stanley Joseph Forman (born July 10, 1945 in Winthrop, Massachusetts) is a photojournalist who over a four-year period won a Pulitzer Prize three times while working at the Boston Herald American.
Ted Landsmark has been a civic planner, civil rights and equity advocate, higher education administrator, arts and culture researcher, and community-engaged social activist in Boston and nationally. He serves on the leadership committee of the Northeastern University Faculty Senate.


Brandeis University Press, Ford Hall Forum, & Suffolk University


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120 Tremont St
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