Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1/2, Summer

Adams Family Correspondence (Volume 9)
Margaret A. Hogan, et al., eds. Adams Family Correspondence (Volume 9). Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press, 2009. 570 pages. $100 (hardcover).Covering the years 1790 through 1793, the ninth volume of the Adams Family Correspondence provides insight into...
Amherst A to Z
Elizabeth M. Sharpe. Amherst A to Z. Holyoke, MA: Hadley Printing Co., 2009. 82 pages. $19.95 (paperback).Amherst, Massachusetts, marked its 250th anniversary in 2009. The Amherst Historical Society (AHS) offered up this wonderful little book to celebrate...
A Shoemaker's Story: Being Chiefly about French Canadian Immigrants, Enterprising Photographers, Rascal Yankees, and Chinese Cobblers in a Nineteenth-Century Factory Town
Anthony W. Lee. A Shoemaker's Story: Being Chiefly about French Canadian Immigrants, Enterprising Photographers, Rascal Yankees, and Chinese Cobblers in a Nineteenth-Century Factory Town. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 2008. 314 pages. $45...
A Tale of Two Portraits: Motivations Behind Self-Fashioning in Seventeenth-Century Boston Portraiture
Abstract; In the mid-1670s, two prominent Bostonian merchants commissioned portraits of themselves. One of them, John Freake, had his completed in Boston in a manner that echoed the Elizabethan English Native School. The other, Samuel Shrimpton, traveled...
Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman
Stuart E. Weisberg. Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only LeftHanded, Gay, Jewish Congressman. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009. 500 pgs. $29.95 (hardcover).Writing a biography about a living subject presents formidable challenges....
Cranberry Pickers Mural at the Wareham Post Office
Introduction: Massachusetts is the second largest cranberry producing state in the nation. In 2009, Wisconsin ranked first (56 percent of national production), followed by Massachusetts (29 percent). The third highest-ranking state, New Jersey, produced...
David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City
Graham Russell Gao Hodges. David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010. 266 pages. $30.00 (cloth).In this captivating biography, Graham Russell Gao...
Exhuming Hidden History: Sources for Teaching about Slavery in New England
TEACHING RESOURCESAbstract: The role of slavery in New England remains a neglected topic. This teaching resources article offers a comprehensive survey of some of the most recent teaching materials that cover the theme of slavery in the North and also...
First Fruits of Freedom: The Migration of Former Slaves and Their Search for Equality in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1862-1900
Janette Thomas Greenwood. First Fruits of Freedom: The Migration of Former Slaves and Their Search for Equality in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1862-1900. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. 256 pages. $55.00 cloth, $22.95 paper.This...
Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation
Ray Raphael. Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation. New York: New Press, 2009. 594 pages. $29.95 (hardcover). $21.95 (paperback).Ray Raphael presents a vision of the American Revolution that is both accessible to the general public and satisfying...
From Slate to Marble: Gravestone Carving Traditions in Eastern Massachusetts 1770-1870
James Blachowicz. From Slate to Marble: Gravestone Carving Traditions in Eastern Massachusetts 1770-1870. Evanston, IL: Graver Press. 2006. 440 pages with accompanying Compact Disc. $59.95 (hardcover).Some of the most important clues to our past linger...
Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America
Eric Jay Dolin. Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, July 12, 2010. 442 pages. $29.95 (cloth).Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America is a sweeping...
Inventing the Charles River
Karl Haglund. Inventing the Charles River. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003. 493 pages. $55 (Hardcover).Inventing the Charles River, jointly published by the MIT Press and the Charles River Conservancy, is a history ofthat river over the four hundred years...
Jonathan Edwards's "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God": A Casebook
Wilson H. Kimnach, Caleb J.D. Maskell, and Kenneth P. Minkema, editors. Jonathan Edwards's "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God": A Casebook. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010. 204 pages. $14.00 (paperback).The subtitle of this book...
Landscape of Industry: An Industrial History of Blackstone Valley
Landscape of Industry: An Industrial History of Blackstone Valley. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2009. 178 pages. $35.00 (hardcover).The American industrial revolution established its earliest beginnings along the Blackstone River as...
"Let the People Remember!": Rhode Island's Dorr Rebellion and Bay State Politics, 1842-1843
Editor's Introduction: In 1842 a group of Rhode Island reformers took up arms in order to remove the state's archaic form of government. The origins of the brief, but tumultuous, insurrection lay deep in Rhode Island history. The results, however, deeply...
Louis D. Brandeis: A Life
Melvin I. Urofsky. Louis D. Brandeis: A Life. New York: Pantheon Books, 2009. 953 pages. $40.00 (Hardcover).Melvin I. Urofsky has written a monumental biography of Louis DembitzBrandeis (1856-1941), a judge who sits among the pantheon of the greatest...
Luther Gulick: His Contributions to Springfield College, the YMCA, and "Muscular Christianity"
Abstract: Based largely on hitherto unpublished archival sources, this article focuses on the early life and career of Luther Halsey Gulick II (1865-1918). Gulick was among America's most influential educators in the Progressive Era. He is best known...
Making Freedom: The Extraordinary Life of Venture Smith
Chandler B. Saint and George Krimsky. Making Freedom: The Extraordinary Life of Venture Smith. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press. 186 pages. $19.95 (Cloth).In 1798, the Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture Smith was published in New...
Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World, a New History
Nick Bunker. Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and their World, a New History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 489 pages. $30.00 (hardcover).Plymouth Colony and the English men and women who settled there in the 1620s have been the subject...
Native People of Southern New England, 1650-1775
Kathleen J. Bragdon. Native People of Southern New England, 1650-1775. Norman, O.K.: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009. 293 pages. $28.95.In 1666, Joseph Daggett, an English settler colonist who owned a 500-acre farm near Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard,...
Remaking Boston: An Environmental History of the City and Its Surroundings
Remaking Boston: An Environmental History of the City and its Surroundings. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009. 333 pages. $40.00 (hardcover).Remaking Boston: An Environmental History of the City and its Surroundings is a collection...
Revisiting Pocumtuck History in Deerfield: George Sheldon's Vanishing Indian Act
Abstract: During the first seven decades of the English fur trade in the middle Connecticut River valley of Massachusetts, the Pocumtuck, Nonotuck, Sokoki, and other Native American tribal nations were densely documented and actively engaged in intercultural...
Senator Edward Kennedy and the "Ulster Troubles": Irish and Irish-American Politics, 1965-2009
Editor's Introduction: In 7927 Ireland was partitioned into two sections: Northern Ireland was composed of the six predominantly Protestant counties of Ulster, while Southern Ireland was made up of the remaining twenty-six, predominantly Catholic counties....
Senda Berenson: The Unlikely Founder of Women's Basketball
Ralph Melnick. Senda Berenson: The Unlikely Founder of Women's Basketball. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2007. 265 pages. $22.95 (paperback).Ralph Melnick has written a richly detailed and vivid narrative tracing the life and works...
Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts
Robert H. Romer. Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts. Florence, MA: Levellers Press, 2009. 286 pages (paperback).Despite this volume's ambitious title, this is really a work of local history that focuses on slavery in Deerfield in the...
Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday
James W. Baker. Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Press, 2009. 273 pages. $26.95 (paperback).In Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday, James W. Baker examines the myths, origins,...
The Gardiners of Massachusetts: Provincial Ambition and the British-American Career
Milford, T. A. The Gardiners of Massachusetts: Provincial Ambition and the British-American Career. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Press, 2005. 306 pages. $24.95 (paperback).In The Gardiners of Massachusetts, T. A. Milford tells the history...
The Maya of New Bedford: Genesis and Evolution of a Community, 1980 - 2010
Editor's Introduction: New Bedford has a long and storied history. Europeans first settled the area in 1652 when Plymouth Colony settlers purchased the land from the Wampanoag tribe. During the nineteenth century New Bedford was one of the most important...
The Puritan Origins of Black Abolitionism in Massachusetts
Abstract: On the eve of the American Revolution in Massachusetts, African Americans formed the nation's first antislavery committee and helped put slavery on the road to extinction by 1783. This article argues that Puritan religious ideology significantly...
Thoreau's Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and Modernity
Mariotti, Shannon L. Thoreau's Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and Modernity. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010. 222 pages. $29.95 (paperback).Almost 150 years have passed since the author of Waiden took his last breath of...
Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land
Nancy S. Seasholes Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006. 212 pages. $18.95 (paperback).Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land is a collection of twelve illustrated walking tours focusing on the areas of man-made land in...
Writers, Plumbers, and Anarchists: The WPA Writers' Project in Massachusetts
Writers, Plumbers, and Anarchists: The WPA Writers' Project in Massachusetts. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006. 272 pages. $24.95 (paper).My family groans when I pull the car into a visitor's center on any road trip. Why? Because...

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