Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, Fall

African American Heritage Trails: From Boston to the Berkshires
Abstract: Walking and driving tours are a compelling means for introducing both students and the general public to local history. This article investigates the creation and content of six African American heritage trails in Massachusetts in Boston, Cambridge,...
Beyond the Farm: National Ambitions in Rural New England
Beyond the Farm: National Ambitions in Rural New England. By J. M. Opal. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. 280 pages. $39.95 (hardcover).From shortly after the American Revolution into the 1 820s, nationalism, an enlightenment concept,...
Boston's Back Bay: The Story of America's Greatest Nineteenth-Century Landfill Project
Boston's Back Bay: The Story of America's Greatest Nineteenth-Century Landfill Project. By William A. Newman and Wilfred E. Holton. Boston: Northeastern University Press, published by University Press of New England, Hanover and London, 2006. 228 pages....
Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid
Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid. Edited by Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006. 298 pages. $22.95 (paperback).The combined French and Indian...
Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson's Poetic Development
Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson's Poetic Development. By Aliki Bamstone. Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2006. 208 pages. $45.00 (hardcover).Critics have traditionally viewed Emily Dickinson as a poet whose work remained stagnant...
Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages
Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages. By Patricia Gozemba and Karen Kahn (with photos by Marilyn Humphries). Boston: Beacon Press, 2007. 224 pages. $34.95 (hardcover).The2003 decisionbyTheMassachusetts...
From the Puritans to the Projects: Public Housing and Public Neighbors
From the Puritans to the Projects: Public Housing and Public Neighbors. By Lawrence J. Vale. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000. 482 pages. $22.50 (paperback).The question of class inequality has always been hotly contested terrain, occupied on...
Mission Statement
The Historical Journal of Massachusetts (HJM) is a peer-reviewed Journal published twice a year by the Institute for Massachusetts Studies at Westfield State College. We offer articles, book reviews, photo essays, and teaching resources about Massachusetts...
Mr. and Mrs. Prince: An African American Courtship and Marriage in Colonial Deerfield
HJM is pleased to present "Editor 's Choice " -a new feature appearing in each issue where we highlight selections from recent works on Massachusetts history that we feel are especially noteworthy and thought-provoking.Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina chairs...
New England Silver and Silversmithing, 1620-1815
New England Silver and Silversmithing, 1620-1815. Edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W. R. Ward. Boston: University Press of Virginia in collaboration with The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 2001. 281 pages, illus. $65.00 (hardcover).Publications...
Politics, Honor, and Self-Defense in Post-Revolutionary Boston: The 1806 Manslaughter Trial of Thomas Selfridge
Editor's Introduction: In 1806 Boston a political dispute between a Federalist lawyer and a prominent Democratic Republican leader degenerated into a question of an affront to personal honor, resulting in a bloody confrontation at one of the town 's...
Preserving African American History
THE DRINKING GOURD SOCIETYEditor's Note: The following appeal offers another glimpse into the Commonwealth 's black heritage and abolitionist history. Many groups throughout the state are currently seeking to document the hidden history of African American...
"Something Will Drop": Socialists, Unions, and Trusts in Nineteenth-Century Holyoke
Editor's Introduction: Massachusetts was at the center of the birth of the American factory system and a dynamo in its nineteenth-century Industrial Revolution. As such, it has more than its fair share of red brick reminders of the past. It is far too...
Student Handout #1: Bertha Johnston (1864-1953)
HISTORICAL NOTEBertha Johnston, daughter of John Henry and Amelia (Mary) Johnston, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1864. Her mother was the founder of the Little Mothers Aid Society. Her father owned a large jewelry store in Manhattan. After attending...
Student Handout #2: Jennie E. Howard (1841-1931)
HISTORICAL NOTEJennie E. Howard was born in July 1841 near Boston. She was raised in North Prescott, Massachusetts, and attended Worcester Academy before entering Framingham Normal School in 1864. She graduated from Framingham Normal School in 1866....
Teaching Resources: Teaching the History of Education Using College and Local Archives
Abstract: This article provides an overview of a shared teaching project between education department faculty members and the college archivist at Framingham State College. These instructors collaborated to teach the "normal school story" - the history...
The Allen Sisters: "Foremost Women Photographers in America"
Editor's Introduction: In our effort to expand HJM's focus to include artistic and material culture, we have initiated a new "Photo Essay" feature. Here we offer selections from a photography exhibit on display at Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield. Because...
Tribe, Race, History: Native Americans in Southern New England, 1780-1880
Tribe, Race, History: Native Americans in Southern New England, 1780-1880. By Daniel R. Mandell. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. 321 pages. $55.00 (hardcover).Recipient of the Organization of American Historians newly established Levine...
"Until Death Do Us Part": Wills, Widows, Women, and Dower in Oxford County, Massachusetts, 1805-1818
Abstract: This study of the wills and estate files, 1805-1818, of some 250 individuals from Oxford County (then Massachusetts) examines Massachusetts laws of probate and descent in light of the testamentary practices of the time: how men provided for...
"Weltering in Their Own Blood": Puritan Casualties in King Philip's War
Abstract: Recent scholarship has underscored the carnage inflicted by King Philip's War (1675-76). Colonists faced a diverse assortment of Native Americans led by Wampanoag sachem Metacom (whom the colonists referred to as King Philip). In terms of population,...
Woman's Voice, Woman's Place: Lucy Stone and the Birth of the Woman's Rights Movement
Woman's Voice, Woman's Place: Lucy Stone and the Birth of the Woman's Rights Movement. By Joelle Million. Westport: Praeger, 2003. 339 pages. $62.95 (hardcover).Antislavery, temperance, and the rights of women: the mid-nineteenth century offered a cornucopia...