Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, Winter

A Hedge Away: The Other Side of Emily Dickinson's Amherst
A Hedge Away: The Other Side of Emily Dickinson's Amherst. By Daniel Lombardo. Northampton, MA, 1997 (Daily Hampshire Gazette Press, Northampton, MA 01060.) $15.95. In A Midsummer's Night Dream, the play's wise father figure, Theseus, brings a semblance...
Massachusetts Congregationalist Political Thought, 1760-1790: The Design of Heaven
Massachusetts Congregationalist Political Thought, 1760-1790: The Design of Heaven. By Dale S. Kuehne. Columbia, Missouri, 1996 (University of Missouri Press, 2910 Le Mone Blvd., Columbus, MO 65201). $37.50. . Finding something novel to write about the...
Maternal Justice: Miriam Van Waters and the Female Reform Tradition
Maternal Justice: Miriam Van Waters and the Female Reform Tradition. By Estelle B. Freedman. Chicago, 1996 (University of Chicago Press, 5801 South Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637) $34.95 Of special concern to people interested in Massachusetts social...
"Melancholy Catastrophe!" the Story of Jason Fairbanks and Elizabeth Fales
In May of 1801, in the small farming town of Dedham, Massachusetts, the life of eighteen year old Elizabeth Fales came to a violently abrupt end. She had died among birch trees in a small pasture not far from her family's home, from eleven stab wounds...
Public Days in Massachusetts Bay, 1630-1685: Reasons Behind the Ritual and the Ironic Results
Humanity uses external actions to express internal realities. Emotions such as love, friendship, respect, or even hatred rely on symbolic acts for proper expression. Hugging a friend or kissing a mate means more than only the simple movements involved....
Springfield's Puritans and Indians: 1636-1655
Throughout American history, settlements on the periphery of society have been markedly different from the more developed, more populous ones near the center. Frontier settlements have developed differently for several reasons: the physical environment...
The Pequot War
The Pequot War. By Alfred A. Cave. Amherst, MA, 1996 (University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst MA 01004). $25.00. The Pequot War has long attracted the attention of historians, most recently of such scholars as Alden Vaughan, Francis Jennings, Neal...
The Replacement of the Knights of Labor by the International Longshoremen's Association in the Port of Boston
The growth of the Knights of Labor as a national labor organization in the United States was meteoric, but its life was exceedingly short. Between 1879 and 1885-87 its membership grew from less than 10,000 to more than 700,000, and by 1890 it had declined...