Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, Spring

Black and Irish Relations in Nineteenth Century Boston: The Interesting Case of Lawyer Robert Morris
Abstract: This article examines the life of Robert Morris (1823-82), Boston's first African American lawyer and a noted abolitionist. In the 1850s Morris was active in efforts to desegregate Boston's public schools and aid fugitive slaves. His law practice...
Brook Farm: The Dark Side of Utopia
Brook Farm: The Dark Side of Utopia. By Sterling F. Delano. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004. 428 pp. $29.95 (hardcover).The history of Brook Farm (1841-1847), one of the more memorable Utopian communities to emerge in the...
Building to a Revolution: The Powder Alarm and Popular Mobilization of the New England Countryside, 1774-1775
Abstract: This article explores a relatively unknown but significant event that illuminates the growing conflict between Great Britain and the American colonists. As a result of the Powder Alarm of September, 1 774, the New England countryside underwent...
Defining Women's Enterprise: Mount Holyoke Faculty and the Rise of American Science
Defining Women's Enterprise: Mount Holyoke Faculty and the Rise of American Science. By Miriam R. Levin. Lebanon, NH: University of New England, 2004. 224 pages. $19.95 (paperback).At the intersection of science and religion, as well as that of geography...
Don't Smile for the Camera: Expression in Early Photography
Editor's Introduction: In our effort to expand HJM's focus to include artistic and material culture, we are initiating a new "Photo Essay" feature which will appear in each issue. Here we offer selections from a photography exhibit on display at Memorial...
From Dependency to Independence: Economic Revolution in Colonial New England
From Dependency to Independence: Economic Revolution in Colonial New England. By Margaret Ellen Newell. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, 1998. 329 pp. illus. $39.95 (hardcover)On the tenth anniversary of Margaret Ellen Newell's path-breaking book, her...
Gentlemen and Scholars: Harvard's History Department and the Path to Professionalism, 1920-1950
Abstract: Before World War II most history departments were largely gentleman's clubs with few or no Jews, Catholics, women, or African Americans among their faculty. While most leading departments had some serious scholars, in many cases their members...
Keepers of Tradition: Art and Folk Heritage in Massachusetts
Keepers of Tradition: Art and Folk Heritage in Massachusetts. By Maggie Holtzberg. Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Heritage Museum, Lexington, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008. 199 pp. illus., $24.95 (Paperback).The...
Massachusetts Folk Art: New Immigrants Redefine Tradition
HJM is pleased to present "Editor's Choice " - a new feature appearing in each issue where we highlight selections from recent works on Massachusetts history that we feel are especially noteworthy and thought-provoking.Maggie Holtzberg, Manager of the...
Mrs. Elizabeth Towne: Pioneering Woman in Publishing and Politics (1865 - 1960)
Editor's Introduction: This fascinating article explores the life of editor, writer, and "New Thought" leader Elizabeth Towne and her unsuccessful bid for mayor of Holyoke in 1928. Both the suffrage and the anti-suffrage movements had strong roots in...
Romance, Remedies, and Revolution: The Journal of Dr. Elihu Ashley of Deerfield, Massachusetts, 1773-1775
Romance, Remedies, and Revolution: The Journal of Dr. Elihu Ashley of Deerfield, Massachusetts, 1773-1775. Edited by Amelia F. Miller and A.R. Riggs. Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press; Deerfield, Mass. Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association,...
Southeast Asian Refugees and Immigrants in the Mill City: Changing Families, Communities, Institutions - Thirty Years Afterward
Southeast Asian Refugees and Immigrants in the Mill City: Changing Families, Communities, Institutions - Thirty Years Afterward. Edited by Tuyet-Lan Pho, Jeffrey N. Gerson, and Sylvia R. Cowan. Burlington: University of Vermont Press, 2007. 250 pages....
"Take Me out to the Brawl Game": Sports and Workers in Gilded Age Massachusetts
Editor's Choice: This essay originally appeared in Sports in Massachusetts: Historical Essays, a 1991 publication of HJM's institute for Massachusetts Studies which was edited by Ronald Story. The next few issues will include a selected article from...
Teaching Resources: Exploration & Colonial Genres
Editor's Note: In this issue we introduce a new feature titled "Teaching Resources. " Each issue will now include a lesson plan or article on the teaching of Massachusetts history designed especially for secondary and middle school teachers. We invite...
The Athens of America: Boston 1825-1845
The Athens of America: Boston 1825-1845. By Thomas O'Connor. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. 2007. 240 pp. illus. $22.95The name Thomas O'Connor and the history of Boston are virtually synonymous in the minds of many readers. His first book...
The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse
The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse. By Jane Kamensky. New York: Viking Press, 2008. 442 pp. $17.00 (paperback).Jane Kamensky has brought to life not only the story of speculator Andrew Dexter,...
The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Postindustrial City
The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Postindustrial City. By Cathy Stanton. University of Massachusetts Press, 2006. 320 pp. illus. $24.95Cathy Stanton is a trained anthropologist whose quasi-sociological analysis of Lowell National Historical...
The Other Black Bostonians: West Indians in Boston, 1900-1950
The Other Black Bostonians: West Indians in Boston, 1900-1950. By Violet Showers Johnson. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006. 181 pages. $24.95 (hardcover).For much of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries emigration to Europe, North America,...
The Paddy Camps: The Irish of Lowell, 1821-1861
The Paddy Camps: The Irish of Lowell, 1821-1861. By Brian C. Mitchell. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2006. 272 pages. $25.00 (paperback).The University of Illinois Press is to be commended for re-issuing Brian C. Mitchell's book The Paddy...
"Won't Be Home Again": A Lynn Grocer's Letters Home from the California Gold Rush
Abstract: This article examines the travels of John Bachelder Peirce, a 46-year-old grocer from Lynn, Massachusetts, who left New England for San Francisco, with dreams of striking it rich during the California Gold Rush. In a series of letters he wrote...