Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, Summer

"A Good Poor Man's Wife": Being a Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson & Her Family in 19th-Century New England
"A Good Poor Man's Wife ": Being a Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson & Her Family in 19th-Century New England. By Claudia L. Bushman. University Press of New England: Hanover, NH 1999. The name of Harriet Hanson Robinson is best known to students...
A 'Great National Calamity': Sir William Pepperell and Isaac Royall, Reluctant Loyalists
The tranquillity of England's most fashionable sea-side town could not alleviate the depression which gripped the thirty-five year-old American in the winter of 1781. Sir William Pepperrell of Kittery, Massachusetts, the only American baronet, had been...
Benjamin Lincoln and the American Revolution
Benjamin Lincoln and the American Revolution. By David Matters. University of South Carolina Press: Columbia, SC 1995. David B. Matters has written a fascinating book detailing the life of one of the most venerated American Revolutionary generals, about...
Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief
Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief. By Roger Lundin. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1998. Since the dreaded Spanish Inquisition had seized all of her manuscripts for their viscous scrutiny, the renowned Carmelite sister,...
New Englanders on the Ohio River: The Migration and Settlement of Worthington, Ohio
New Englanders on the Ohio River: The Migration and Settlement of Worthington, Ohio. By Virginia E. McCormick and Robert W. McCormick. The Kent State University Press: Kent, Ohio, 1998. Even the most casual perusal of this study of early Worthington,...
Progressive Nativism: The Know-Nothing Party in Massachusetts
The mid-19th century success of the Know-Nothing Party was not merely the result of ethnocentric bigotry and religious intolerance, but also of a clash of political cultures. The Know-Nothing Party, whose official name was the "American Party," is widely...
"Sober Dissent" and "Spirited Conduct": The Sandemanians and the American Revolution, 1765-1781
We think every Christian must be a loyal Subject, submitting himself in civil Concerns to every Ordinance of Man for the Lord's sake, punctually regarding the Rules laid down [in] Rom. xiii. 1-7, 1 Peter ii. 13-17. This was required of the Disciples...
The Enigma of Mount Holyoke's Nellie Neilson
Nellie Neilson (1873-1947), Mount Holyoke College's great scholar of early English history who was the first woman elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America (1926) and the first woman elected president of the American Historical Association...
The Triumph of Ethnic Progressivism: Urban Political Culture in Boston, 1900-1925
The Triumph of Ethnic Progressivism: Urban Political Culture in Boston, 1900-1925. By James J. Connolly. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA 1998. Historians have had a difficult time defining and explaining Progressivism. The movement for "reform"...