Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, Winter

Charter Changes in Boston from 1885 - 1949
A state's ability to design a municipality's governing structure is a distinctive feature of our American society. As William Marchione, Jr. states, "It should be remembered that the American political system does not recognize an inherent right to local...
Class and the Ideology of Womanhood: The Early Years of the Boston Young Women's Christian Association
Shortly after the Civil War, numerous wealthy women of Boston felt they had a problem in their city. Young women were coming there to work, many of whom were without "an arrangement" upon arrival. Some lacked jobs, and thus lacked affordable, adequate...
Fitz Hugh Lane and the Legacy of the Codfish Aristocracy
To gather together and keep these bonds, these links in the continuing story of man upon our particular part of the earth....is the sole reason for the existence of the Cape Ann Historical Association and its collection.1The New England coast is dotted...
Oxenbridge Thacher: Boston Lawyer, Early Patriot
We have learned from the laws of our mother country, and from many [of] the most public & solemn acts to consider ye rights of Britons as sacred & inviolable. And we cannot conceive that the colonists have forfeited them by their emigrating a...
Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World: Massachusetts Merchants
Phyllis Whitman Hunter, Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World: Massachusetts Merchants, 1670 -1780, New York: Cornell University Press, 2001.Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World examines the world of trade, commerce, and material goods in a...
Running against the Wind: The Struggle of Women in Massachusetts Politics
Betty Taymor, Running Against the Wind: The Struggle of Women in Massachusetts Politics, Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001.The business of politics has traditionally been a world dominated by men. Throughout recent history, women have been...
The Mohawk Trail: Route 2 from Boston, Massachusetts to Troy, New York
Muddy River Press. The Mohawk Trail: Route 2 from Boston, Massachusetts to Troy, New York. Brookline: Muddy River Press, 2003.The recent publication of this travel book, or rather "Historic Auto Trail Guide," truly is a bittersweet journey down memory...