Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, Winter

Addendum
In the article by Sharon Worley entitled, "Mapping the Metaphysical Landscape off Cape Ann: The Reception of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendentalism Among the Gloucester Audience of Reverend Amory Dwight Mayo and Fitz Hugh Lane," which appeared in the...
A Pox on Amherst: Smallpox, Sir Jeffery, and a Town Named Amherst
During the autumn of 2001 the East Coast of America found itself under biological attack. Letters addressed to several prominent citizens had been intentionally tainted with deadly anthrax bacteria. As these anthrax-laced letters made their way through...
Boston Riots: Three Centuries of Boston Riots
Jack Tager, Boston Riots: Three Centuries of Boston Riots, Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 2001. Jack Tager's narrative of communal social violence over three centuries of Boston's history is a welcome addition to the abundant literature on...
Brahmins under Fire: Peer Courage and the Harvard Regiment
The record of Harvard students who fought in the Civil War provides historians with a unique opportunity to examine how social class influenced leadership style in combat, an important factor in explaining the remarkably high casualty rates among the...
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship
Philbrick, Nathaniel, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2000. It seems as if the summer of 2001 will be remembered as the time when the sharks off the waters of the United States decided that they...
"I Wish for Nothing More Ardently upon Earth, Than to See My Friends and Country Again": The Return of Massachusetts Loyalists
"I wish nothing more ardently upon earth, than to see my friends and country again in the enjoyment of peace, freedom and happiness,"1 wrote the Congregational minister and former Harvard librarian Reverend Isaac Smith from his exile in Enfield near...
Knights Unhorsed: Internal Conflicts in Gilded Age Social Movement
Robert E. Weir, Knights Unhorsed: Internal Conflict in Gilded Age Social Movement, Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2000. This is the second book Rob Weir has written about the Knights of Labor. The first book, Beyond Labor's Veil: The Culture...
The First Hurrah: James Michael Curley versus the "Goo-Goos" in the Boston Mayoralty Election of 1914
On January 13, 1914 James Michael Curley defeated South Boston's Thomas J. Kenny in the race to serve as Mayor of Boston for the next four years. In Curley's lengthy political career, spanning fifty years in and out of elective office, he would run for...
Women and the City: Gender, Space, and Power in Boston, 1870-1940
Sarah Deutsch, Women and the City: Gender, Space, and Power in Boston, 1870-1940, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2000. In Women and the City, Sarah Deutsch demonstrates once and for all the agency of women in an urban landscape. By digging into...
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