Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, Summer

" A Brave Man's Child": Theodore Parker and the Memory of the American Revolution
On July 30, 1845, the Rev. Theodore Parker of West Roxbury, Massachusetts walked fifteen miles to visit his boyhood home at Lexington. Having grown up only a short distance from the place where the "shot heard round the world" was fired, Parker had been...
From African to Yankee: Narratives of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum New England
Robert Cottrol (ed.), From African to Yankee: Narratives of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum New England, Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1998. Robert Cottrol, following a judicious and balanced introduction, has collected five narratives of black men in...
Indian Land in Seventeenth Century Massachusetts
Land ownership and transfer were important and routine matters within the seventeenth century Massachusetts Anglo-Indian society. From the first decades of English settlement in the Plymouth and Massachusetts colonies to the end of the seventeenth century,...
Mapping Boston
Cobb, David and Alex Kreiger, eds., Mapping Boston, Boston, MA: MIT Press, 1999. Having had the exciting privilege of growing up in the 1950's on the south side of Medford Hillside on the Somerville line, I spent hours gazing across the Boston skyline...
Mapping the Metaphysical Landscape off Cape Ann: The Receptions of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendentalism among the Gloucester Audience of Reverend Amory Dwight Mayo and Fitz Hugh Lane
One of the most intriguing yet elusive areas of scholarship concerning the 19th century marine artist Fitz Hugh Lane (1804-1865) is the connection between his luminist style and Ralph Waldo Emerson's (1803-1882) transcendental philosophy. This influence...
Migration and the Origins of the English Atlantic World
Alison Games, Migration and the Origins of the English Atlantic World Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1999. Pp. 322. ISBN. 0-674-57381-1. Records show that in 1635, approximately 7,507 individuals left London to sail to the Americas....
New England and Early Conservationism: The North American Review 1830-1860
The publication of George Perkins Marsh's Man and Nature in 1864 is generally believed to mark the beginning of modern conservationism in the United States; in 1963, for instance, Secretary of Interior Stewart L. Udall said that it introduced "land wisdom...
Where Death and Glory Meet: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Infantry
Russell Duncan, Where Death and Glory Meet: Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, Savannah, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1999. Where Death and Glory Meet is an embellished narrative of the short life of Boston Brahmin Robert...