Historical Journal of Massachusetts

Historical Journal of Massachusetts is an academic journal focusing on Massachusetts

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 1, 2016

A Corporal's Story: Civil War Recollections of the Twelfth Massachusetts
A Corporal's Story: Civil War Recollections of the Twelfth Massachusetts. George Kimball. Eds. Alan D. Gaff and Donald H. Gaff. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014. 368 pages. $34.95 (paperback).For Corporal George Kimball of Company A of the...
Damnable Heresy: William Pynchon, the Indians, and the First Book Banned (and Burned) in Boston
Damnable Heresy: William Pynchon, the Indians, and the First Book Banned (and Burned) in Boston. David Powers. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015. 245 pages. $30.00 (paperback).Combining both biography and theological analysis allows David Powers to...
Frederic Crowninshield: A Renaissance Man in the Gilded Age
Frederic Crowninshield: A Renaissance Man in the Gilded Age. Gertrude De G. Wilmers and Julie L. Sloan. Amherst, MA, and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010. 352 pages. $39.95 (hardcover).In 1860, historian Jacob Burckhardt popularized the...
"Hospitality Is the Best Form of Propaganda": German Prisoners of War in Western Massachusetts, 1944-1946
A little more than a year after U.S. entry into World War II, the United States held 1,881 enemy prisoners of war within its continental boundaries. At Great Britain's urging, the United States established a prisoner of war (POW) work program under the...
Massachusetts Cranberry Culture: A History from Bog to Table
Massachusetts Cranberry Culture: A History from Bog to Table. Robert S. Cox, and Jacob Walker. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012. 142 pages. $19.99 (paperback).In their new book, Massachusetts Cranberry Culture: A History from Bog to Table, authors...
Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic
Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic. Charles N. Edel. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. 392 pages. $29.95 (hardcover).Charles N. Edel, a professor at the US Naval War College, demonstrates why John Quincy...
Sculptor Theodora Alice Ruggles Kitson: "A Woman Genius"
This article takes its title from a phrase, "a revolt against nature: a woman genius," that art critic and writer Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917) used to describe French sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943). In the view of their contemporaries, the term was...
Searching for German POWs: A Researcher's Personal Odyssey
I love whodunits. I love history, and I love puzzles. That's what this entire research process entailed. I was chasing clues-every little "nugget" that I gathered from one source only led me to another source. I found myself truly obsessed. When I began,...
Stricken: The Impact of Disease on Two Massachusetts Families, 1911-50
In 1911, Almena Clayton (1884-1950) became ill with polio. Although her mobility would be compromised somewhat for the rest of her life, she recovered within a few years and was able to resume her former roles as wife, mother, homemaker, and, later,...
The Court-Martial of Paul Revere: A Son of Liberty and America's Forgotten Military Disaster
The Court-Martial of Paul Revere: A Son of Liberty and America's Forgotten Military Disaster. Michael M. Greenburg. Lebanon, NH: ForeEdge, 2014. 282 pages. $29.95 (hardcover).The Court-Martial of Paul Revere offers the reader a glimpse into pages of...
The Dilemma of Interracial Marriage: The Boston NAACP and the National Equal Rights League, 1912-1927
Introduction: On July 16, 2008, the headline of a New York Times article trumpeted the proud accomplishment of the denouement of a longstanding era of discrimination in Massachusetts: "A 1913 Law Dies to Better Serve Gay Marriages."3 The so-called "1913...
The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth
The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth. James C. O'Connell. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2013. 326 pages. $36.95 (hardcover).Boston-based National Park Service planner James O'Connell has produced a...
The New Boston: A People's History
Boston, today, is seen as one of America's best cities-one that works for its residents, generates jobs, welcomes visitors, remembers its past, and embraces its future. But this latest incarnation of what the Massachusetts Bay Colony's first governor,...
The Ravages of Encephalitis Lethargica
Encephalitis lethargica spread throughout the world slowly beginning about 1917, its seriousness becoming apparent to the medical community just as the world was reeling from the crises ofWorld War I and the 1918 influenza epidemic. The medical profession...
The Women of the Hopedale Sewing Circle, 1848-63
In early 1848, a group of men and women from the Community of Hopedale, Massachusetts, a Socialist religious experiment founded six years earlier, formed a sewing circle. Officially calling themselves "The Hopedale Sewing Circle, and Tract Society,"...
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