Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 2, Summer

Almshouse, Workhouse, Outdoor Relief: Responses to the Poor in Southeastern Massachusetts, 1740-1800
In Duxbury, Massachusetts, local folklore emphasizes that before the current Surplus Street was named, it was called Poverty Lane because it led to the "poor" farm, and before it was Poverty Lane, local residents knew it as Folly Street, over which one's...
My Dear Mrs. Ames: A Study of Suffragist Cartoonist Blanche Ames Ames
Clark, Anne Biller My Dear Mrs. Ames: A study of Suffragist Cartoonist Blanche Ames Ames (NY: Peter Lang 2001)Anne Biller Clark introduces Blanche Arnes Ames as an example of how "disenfranchised groups such as American women" were able to involve themselves...
The Altar of Liberty: Enlightened Dissent and the Dudleian Lectures, 1755-1765
In 1750, Paul Dudley of Massachusetts endowed an annual lecture series at Harvard College for the purpose of upholding the dissenting Protestant Church against the "damnable heresies of the Romish religion." To any student sitting in the audience, the...
"The Artificial Advantage Money Gives" A Brahmin Reformer's Use of Class Privilege
In February of 1914 wealthy Boston widow Elizabeth Glendower Evans led a delegation of working women who had an audience with President Woodrow Wilson. She and her working-class sisters had come to urge Wilson to support women's suffrage, and one by...
The Hub: Boston Past and Present
The Hub: Boston Past and Present. Thomas H. O'Connor. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001. 310 pp.In his preface, Thomas O'Connor states that prior to this work, no single comprehensive urban biography of Boston existed. Recognizing this historiographical...
Thomas Hutchinson & the Origins of the American Revolution
Andrew Stephen Walmsley, Thomas Hutchinson & the Origins of the American Revolution (New York: New York University Press, 1999)Few political figures in American history have been as despised by their contemporaries as Thomas Hutchinson. His name...
"We Are to Be Reduced to the Level of Slaves": Planters, Taxes, Aristocrats, and Massachusetts Antifederalists, 1787-1788
When "The result of the Federal Convention appeared" in wide circulation in Massachusetts, in October 1787, William Bentley of Salem recorded in his diary that "Some complaint is made that the advantage is unduly thrown in favor of the representation...
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