Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 1, Spring

"A Million Things to Get Done": The Skinner Family Servants of Holyoke
Editor's Introduction: The previous article described the events of May 16, 1874. On that day, the Williamsburg Dam gave way, destroying four mill villages, including the one around William Skinner 's silk mill known as "Skinnerville. "Although his mill...
Asian Americans in New England: Culture and Community
Asian Americans in New England: Culture and Community. Edited by Monica Chiu. Durham: University of New Hampshire Press, 2009. 252 pages. $50.00 (hardcover).Monica Chiu has compiled an overdue collection of scholarly articles on the Asian American diaspora...
Beyond Vietnam: The Politics of Protest in Massachusetts, 1974-1990
Beyond Vietnam: The Politics of Protest in Massachusetts, 1974-1990. By Robert Surbrug Jr. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009. 259 pp. + xi, notes, index. $29.95 (paperback).Historians now routinely speak of the "Long Sixties" when they...
Boston Women's Heritage Trail: Seven Self-Guided Walks through Four Centuries of Boston's Women's History
Boston Women's Heritage Trail: Seven Self-Guided Walks Through Four Centuries of Boston's Women's History. By Polly Welts Kaufman, Jean Gibran, Sylvia McDowell, and Mary Howland Smoyer. Revised 3rd Edition. Boston: Boston Women's Heritage Trail, 2006....
Defending the "New England Way": Cotton Mather's "Exact Mapp of New England and New York"
Abstract: In 1702 Cotton Mather published his two volume Magnalia Christi Americana: The Ecclesiastical History of NewEngland from its First Planting in the Year 1620 unto . . . 1698. Mather argued that England would come to dominate North America due...
Emerson
Emerson. By Lawrence Buell. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003. 416 pages. $20.50 (paperback).Lawrence Buell's Emerson makes a strong case for the ongoing relevance of the Concord sage to American life and culture. Pointing...
Esther Forbes' Rainbow on the Road: Portrait of the Nineteenth-Century Provincial Artist
Abstract: Writer Esther Forbes' work has received scant academic attention despite the fact that her historical novels became Book-of-the-Month Club selections, winning both popular and critical acclaim. She was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize...
Fresh Pond: The History of a Cambridge Landscape
Fresh Pond: The History of a Cambridge Landscape. By Jill Sinclair. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 2009. 193 pgs. $29.95 (hardcover).Jill Sinclair's history of Fresh Pond from the colonial era to the modern day is a thorough, well-illustrated account...
Introduction to African American Photographs: Identification, Research, Care & Collecting, 1840-1950
Introduction to African American Photographs: Identification, Research, Care & Collecting, 1840-1950. By Ross J. Kelbaugh. Gettysburg, PA: Thomas Publications, 2005. 120 pages. $14.95 (paperback).In Introduction to African American Photographs, Ross...
King Caesar of Duxbury - Exploring the World of Ezra Weston, Shipbuilder and Merchant
King Caesar of Duxbury - Exploring the World of Ezra Weston, Shipbuilder and Merchant. By Patrick TJ. Browne. Duxbury, MA: Duxbury Rural and Historical Society, 2005. $29.95 (paperback).Ezra Weston was born in Duxbury in 1743, the son of a modestly successful...
Massachusetts Quilts: Our Common Wealth
Massachusetts Quilts: Our Common Wealth. Edited by Lynne Zacek Bassett. Hanover: University Press of New England, 2009. 336 pages $60.00 (hardcover).LynneBassett, with ten other contributors, offers a fascinating study of Massachusetts quilts in the...
Mass Moments: Teaching Resources from Mass Humanities
Mass Moments is an incredible resource for teachers, students, and the general public. A project of MassHumanities (masshumanities.org), Mass Moments is an on-line database and almanac of Massachusetts History. Every day, internet users as well as radio...
New Museums and Historical Sites
Editor's Introduction: In this issue, we introduce a feature in which we profile new museums, historic sites, local preservation efforts, and special exhibits. This represents a renewed effort to partner with local museums, historical societies, historic...
Prophets of Protest: Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism
Prophets of Protest: Reconsidering the History oj American Abolitionism. By Timothy Patrick McCarthy and John Stauffer. New York and London: The New Press, 2006. 382 pages. $22.95 (paperback).In the historiography of American abolitionism there are a...
"Red Riots" and the Origins of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, 1915-1930
Abstract: This article investigates the formation of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (CLUM) in the early twentieth century. This organization evolved as a reaction to local and national events, including the Palmer Raids and the wider Red...
Teaching Massachusetts History: Online Primary Sources and Curriculum
Introduction: Documents created by people who participated in or witnessed historical events tell us much about the past that sometimes even the best published textbooks cannot. Many students see history as a series of facts, dates, famous people and...
The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics, and the Global Origins of the Civil War
The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics, and the Global Origins of the Civil War. By Brian Schoen. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press, 2009. 369 pages. $55.00 (hardcover).The Fragile Fabric of Union examines the regional and...
The Great Gypsy Moth War: The History of the First Campaign in Massachusetts to Eradicate the Gypsy Moth, 1890-1901
The Great Gypsy Moth War: The History of the First Campaign in Massachusetts to Eradicate the Gypsy Moth, 1890-1901. By Robert. J. Spear. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005. 308 pages. $37.50 (hardcover).Contemporary entomologists discover...
The Mill River Flood of 1874: From Williamsburg to Northampton
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.Editor's Introduction: This nonfiction...
Young Patrick A. Collins and Boston Politics after the Civil War
Abstract: This article focuses on the involvement of the Irish in Boston politics during the first decades after the Civil War, a period when the Irish first began to organize and exert some political influence in the city. Irish community leaders cooperated...
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