Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, Summer

Alternative Communities in Seventeenth Century Massachusetts
From a distance, whether in time or space, most societies look more homogeneous than members perceive their societies to be. Distinctions that seem clear within the culture get blurred by outsiders who use the most general characteristics to describe...
Book Notes
Puritan Family Life: The Diary of Samuel Sewall. By Judith S. Graham. 2003. Northeastern University Press, 360 Huntington Avenue, 416CP, Boston, MA 02115. $22.50.The analysis of Sewall's diary shows many aspects of family life and parenting in Puritan...
Ethnic Catholicism and Craft Unionism in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1887-1920: A Mixed Story
Worcester, Massachusetts has been described time-and-again as a gritty blue-collar industrial city. But that description is more befitting of the late nineteenth and first-half of the twentieth century. Because of limited access, including limited waterways,...
Sheffield's Richard P. Wakefield: Advocate for Human Values, World Futures, and the Environment
Sheffield's Richard P. Wakefield, an internationally-known urban planner with the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, was a seminal thinker who stimulated others to think and undertake significant work. The foundation for much of what he accomplished...
The Beginning of the Past: Boston and the Early Historic Preservation Movement, 1863-1918
The year 1863 was a watermark year in the history of Boston. In that year the house built in 1737 by Thomas Hancock, and later occupied by the Revolutionary patriot John Hancock, was demolished to make way for a real estate development. Although John...
What Did They Call It When They Died? A Study of the Listed Causes of Death in the Town of Hyde Park, Massachusetts, 1869-1900
The listed cause of death on October I, 1880 for Peter O'Toole was, "Found dead in bed."1 Peter was ninety years old. The secondary cause of death was "Old Age" and duration was "None at all."2 Dr. Sturtevant as medical examiner made the pronouncement."Old...