Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 2, Fall

A Common Thread: Labor, Politics, and Capital Mobility in the Textile Industry
A Common Thread: Labor, Politics, and Capital Mobility in the Textile Industry. By Beth English. Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 2006. 236 pages. $39.95 (hardcover).The globalization of industry is not a new phenomenon. In A Common Thread:...
Announcements
We are pleased to announce that HJM has received a grant from Mass Humanities to fund the following special projects.75th Commemorative Double Issue (June 2011)Next year, we will publish a single double issue in June 2011 to commemorate our 75th issue....
"Certainly a Man May Quibble for His Life": Public Execution and Capital Punishment in Massachusetts
Abstract: Thefollowing article offers an overview of Massachusetts' unique experience with the death penalty from the colonial period to the present. Despite its present ban, the Bay State executed criminals for capital crimes for much of its history....
In the Details: Style in New England Architecture
Editor's Introduction: In our effort to expand HJMJ? focus to include artistic and material culture, we offer a "Photo Essay" feature. This essay provides a tour of different periods of architectural history, analyzing a range of styles characteristic...
John Denison Hartshorn: A Colonial Apprentice in "Physick" and Surgery (Boston)
Abstract: In the eighteenth century, as now, finding adequate, affordable medical care occupied the minds of many colonists. Most medical scholarship focuses on the practice of medicine, providing few details of a crucial time in a physician s career...
Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America
Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America. By Eric Jay Dolin. New York: WW. Norton & Company, 2007. 479 pages. $18.45 (hardcover).In 1635 Governor John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony recorded in his journal that some of the colony's...
Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class
Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class. By Aviva Chomsky. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008. 416 pages. $23.95 (paperback).The guiding principle of Aviva Chomsky's Linked Labor Histories is that...
Making Heretics: Militant Protestantism and Free Grace in Massachusetts, 1636-1641
Making Heretics: Militant Protestantism and Free Grace in Massachusetts, 1636-1641. By Michael P. Winship. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2002. 246 pp. + 76 pp. notes, index. $29.95 (paperback).A little more than a decade after the first...
"Militant Mothers": Boston, Busing, and the Bicentennial of 1976
Abstract: By early 1975, the anti-busing organization known as ROAR (Restore Our Alienated Rights) expanded its base of protest from opposing, at times quite violently, the court-ordered desegregation of the Boston public school system. Arguing that...
Money, Morals, and Politics: Massachusetts in the Age of the Boston Associates
Money, Morals, and Politics: Massachusetts in the Age of the Boston Associates. By William F. Hartford. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001. 286 pp. + xiv. $55.00 (paperback).William Hartford's Money, Morals, and Politics is a well-researched...
"Murder by Counseling": The 1816 Case of George Bowen (Northampton)
Editor's Introduction: On the day of his scheduled execution in 1815, Jonathan Jewett, convicted of murdering his father, was found dead by the Northampton jail keeper. According to the Hampshire Gazette, "His life of wickedness and folly had been rashly...
Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England
Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England. By Brian G. Greenfield. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009. 256 pages. $26.95 (paperback).What is an antique, and what gives antiques value? Rather than attempting to...
Quincy's Market: A Boston Landmark
Quincy's Market: A Boston Landmark. By John Quincy, Jr. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2003. 283 pages. $29.95.Visitors to Faneuil Hall today would be hard pressed to see the history underneath the veneer of the "tourist trap" it has become....
Sacco and Vanzetti (DVD)
Sacco and Vanzetti (DVD). By Peter Miller, Director. First Run Features, 2007. 82 minutes. $24.95.Peter Miller's documentary, Sacco and Vanzetti, offers a comprehensive, detailed and engaging overview of the lives of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti,...
Sacco and Vanzetti: Rebel Lives
Sacco and Vanzetti: Rebel Lives. By John Davis, ed. New York: Ocean Books, 2004. 90 pages. $11.95 (paperback).John Davis's Sacco and Vanzetti: Rebel Lives provides a collection of thought-provoking firsthand accounts of the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti...
Schooling Citizens: The Struggle for African American Education in Antebellum America
Schooling Citizens: The Struggle for African American Education in Antebellum America. By Hilary J. Moss. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. 296 pages. $37.50 (hardcover).Schooling Citizens opens with a brief account of the terrible violence...
Slavery in the Age of Reason - Archaeology at a New England Farm
Slavery in the Age of Reason - Archaeology at a New England Farm. By Alexandra A Chan. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2007. 284 pages. $48.00 (hardcover).It is one of great puzzles of New England's historiography: why the collective scholarship...
Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in America, 1880-1925
Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in America, 1880-1925. By Melissa R. Klapper. Chicago, IL: Ivan R. Dee, 2007. 219 pages. $27.50 (hardcover).As a group that has been largely ignored by historical literature, Melissa R. Klapper has...
Springfield (Postcard History Series)
Springfield (Postcard History Series). By G. Michael Dobbs. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2008. 127 pages. $19.99 (paperback).Arcadia Publishing is known for its extensive line of local history photography publications. Springfield is part of the...
The Great Silent Army of Abolitionism: Ordinary Women in the Antislavery Movement
The Great Silent Army of Abolitionism: Ordinary Women in the Antislavery Movement. By Julie Roy Jeffrey. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. 311 pages. $23.95 (paperback).Julie Roy Jeffrey provides a broad overview of white and...
The Lizzie Borden Murder Trial: Womanhood as Asset and Liability (Fall River, 1892)
Editor's Introduction: In her provocative collection, The Crimes of Womanhood: Defining Femininity in a Court of Law, A. Cheree Carlson explores how cultural views of femininity exerted a powerful influence on the courtroom arguments used to both defend...
The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives
The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives. By Carmen Teresa Whalen and Victor Vazquez-Hernandez, eds. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005. 306 pages. $21.95 paperback.As diasporas go, the Puerto Rican numbers are relatively small, 3.4...
The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience
The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience. By Kirstin Downey. New York: Doubleday, 2009. 458 pages. $35.00 (hardcover).When journalist Kirstin Downey began to apply her extensive research...
Through an Uncommon Lens: The Life and Photography of F. Holland Day
Through an Uncommon Lens: The Life and Photography of F. Holland Day. By Patricia J. Fanning. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008. 255 pages. $32.00 (hardcover).We are fortunate when writers choose to illuminate corners of history by...
Twentieth-Century New England Land Conservation: A Heritage of Civic Engagement
Twentieth-Century New England Land Conservation: A Heritage of Civic Engagement. By Charles H.W. Foster, editor. Petersham, MA: Harvard Forest, 2009. 388 pages. $24.95 (hardcover).The history of land use and particularly open space and water resource...
Using Historic Newspaper Databases in the Classroom: From Primary Sources to Research Assignments
Abstract: This article has two main goals: to introduce Massachusetts history teachers to a remarkable database of historic newspapers and to provide specific ideas about how to use it as a teaching tool. The article explains the advantages of teachers...
When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers on and off the Streets
When a Heart Turns Rock Solid: The Lives of Three Puerto Rican Brothers On And Off The Streets. By Timothy Black. New York: Pantheon Books, 2009. 464 pages. $29.95 (hardcover).Sociologist Timothy Black's ethnography of three brothers from Puerto Rico...