Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1/2, Summer

American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America
American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America. By Edmund S. Morgan. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. 278 pages. $16.95 (paperback).American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America is a collection...
A Widening Sphere: Evolving Cultures at MIT
A Widening Sphere: Evolving Cultures at MIT By Philip N. Alexander. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011. 508 pages. $29.95 (hardcover).The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was incorporated in 1861 to provide training in the practical arts and serve...
Bewitched and Bewildered: Salem Witches, Empty Factories, and Tourist Dollars
Abstract: In 2005, witchcraft hysteria once again roiled the city of Salem, Massachusetts. This time, however, city residents divided over a new monument - a statue honoring Samantha Stephens, a fictional witch from the television sitcom Bewitched. In...
Bird Strike: The Crash of the Boston Electra
Bird Strike: The Crash of the Boston Electra. By Michael N. Kalafatas. Brandeis University Press, 2010. 172 pages. $24.95 (hardcover).Michael N. Kalafatas' Bird Strike: The Crash of the Boston Electra is a detailed account of the inconceivable, the crash...
Bread, Roses, and Other Possibilities: The 1912 Lawrence Textile Strike in Historical Memory
Abstract: The 1972 Lawrence "Bread and Roses" textile strike was a signature moment in U.S. labor history that has captured public and scholarly attention for nearly a century. Taking place in the midst of the Progressive Era and the United States' greatest...
Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England
Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. By William Cronon. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, 2003. 288 pages. $15.00 (paperback).William Cronon's work, Changes in the Land, is one of the foremost scholarly works in environmental...
Crimson Confederates: Harvard Men Who Fought for the South
Crimson Confederates: Harvard Men Who Fought far the South. By Helen P. Trimpi. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2010. 380 pages. $59.00 (hardback).This interesting reference book, an alphabetically-arranged biographical register, resulted...
Dynamite, Whiskey and Wood: Connecticut River Log Drives 1870 - 1915
Dynamite, Whiskey and Wood: Connecticut River Log Drives 1870 - 1915 (DVD). Directed and narrated by Ed Klekowski. Produced by WGBY TV, Springfield, MA. 2011.Many have never heard of the Connecticut River log drives. They occurred during a time in New...
First Family: Abigail & John Adams
First Family: Abigail & John Adams. By Joseph J. Ellis. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 299 pages. $27.95 (hardcover).First Fami Iy: Abigai I &John Adams is popular history at its best. It provides the general reader with a nuanced and at...
Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England
Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England. By Jean M. O'Brien. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. 269 pages. $25.00 (paperback).Jean O'Brien offers an insightful and thoroughly researched examination of how...
Foreign Affairs and the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution in Massachusetts
Abstract: This article examines the role of foreign policy in the heated debates that took place in Massachusetts newspapers and at its state ratification convention. In Massachusetts, the Constitution was endorsed by only a slight majority: 187-168...
Huguenot Identity and Protestant Unity in Colonial Massachusetts: The Reverend André le Mercier and the "Sociable Spirit"
Abstract: Numerous researchers have noted that many Huguenots conformed to Anglicanism several decades after their arrival in North America. The situation differed in colonial Massachusetts, where Huguenots typically forged connections with Congregationalists...
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...
Multicultural Social Studies: Using Local History in the Classroom
Multicultural Social Studies: Using Local History in the Classroom. By Anita C. Danker. New York: Teachers College Press, 2005. 208 pages. $27.95 (paperback).With a well integrated emphasis on multiculturalism, active citizenship, and local history,...
"Our Life's Work": Rhetorical Preparation and Teacher Training at the Westfield State Normal School, 1844-1932
Editor's Introduction: When we think of nineteenth and early twentieth century teacher-training schooh, we tend to rely on a fundamental assumption: that the work of a primary school teacher was intellectually undemanding, consisting largely of exercises...
Teaching the Salem Witch Trials through Place and Time
When Betty Parris, Abigail Williams, and Anne Putnam Jr. began exhibiting strange behavior in the winter of 1691-1692, their families could not identify the source of their "fits. " Members of the local community suspected witchcraft. The ensuing events,...
The Assist: Hoops, Hope, and the Game of Their Lives
The Assist: Hoops, Hope, and the Game of Their Lives. By Neil Swidey. New York: Public Affairs, 2008. 373 pages. $14.95 (soft cover).The Assist is not only about the Charlestown basketball team that won multiple state championships from 1999-2003, but...
The Captain's Widow of Sandwich: Self-Invention and the Life of Hannah Rebecca Burgess, 1834-1917
The Captains Widow of Sandwich: Self-Invention and the Life of Hannah Rebecca Burgess, 1834-1917. By Megan Taylor Shockley. New York: New York University Press, 2010. Xii, 267 pages. $45.00 (hardcover).Megan Taylor Shockley 's biography of Hannah Rebecca...
The Connecticut River: A Photographic Journey through the Heart of New England
The Connecticut River: A Photographic Journey Through the Heart of New England. By Al Braden. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2009. 168 pages. $35.00 (hardcover).Professional photographer Al Braden has put together a singularly impressive...
The Historical Journal of Massachusetts and Westfield State University: A Brief History
This special double issue of the Historical Journal of Massachusetts marks the publication's 40th anniversary year. The journal's founder, Dr. Martin Kaufman, joined the history department at Westfield State in 1969 and taught until his retirement in...
The Specter of Salem: Remembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-Century America
The Specter of Salem: Remembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-Century America. By Gretchen Adams. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. 240 pages. $20.00 (paperback).The tragedy of the 1692 Salem witch trials has been told often. What makes...
"Those about Him Remained Silent": The Battle over W.E.B. Du Bois
"Those About Him Remained Silent": The Battle over W.E.B. Du Bois. By Amy Bass. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. 224 pages. $24.95 (cloth)."We are inviting outside interference at a time when there are many willing to interfere,"...
Uncovering the Stories of Black Families in Springfield and Hampden County, Massachusetts: 1650-1865
Editor's Introduction: We are honored to offer this Editors Choice Award to the second edition o/^Black Families of Hampden County, 1650-1865 by Joseph Carvalho III. This extensively researched and expanded volume chronicles the lives of African American...