The New England Quarterly

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The Colonial Society of Massachusetts Announces the 2018 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History

This prize of two thousand five hundred dollars, established in memory of Walter Muir Whitehill, for many years Editor of Publications for the Colonial Society and the moving force behind the organization, will be awarded for a distinguished essay on early American history (up to 1825), not previously published, with preference being given to New England subjects. The Society hopes that the prize may be awarded annually.

By arrangement with the editors of The New England Quarterly, the Society will have the winning essay published in an appropriate issue of the journal.

Essays are now being accepted for consideration. All manuscripts submitted for the 2018 prize must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2018. The Society expects to announce the winning candidate in the spring of 2019.

Click here for more information including judging criteria, submission specifications, and past winners.

Our December 2017 issue is now available.

“Henry St. John, the Viscount Bolingbroke in his Letters on the Studies and Uses of History once commented, ‘To converse with historians is to keep good company.’ With this final issue of 2017, we are fortunate to be in good company. We have in this issue essays by Peter Messer and Zachary Bennett, an article in our Memoranda and Documents from Kevin Thornton, and two longer review essays by Marla Miller and John Belohlavek.” Scroll down to see the issue’s full table of contents. 

—  Volume 90, Issue 4: December 2017  —

by Jonathan M. Chu — read for free

“A scene of Villainy acted by a dirty Banditti, as must astonish the Public”: The Creation of the Boston Massacre
by Peter Messer — read for free

“A Means of Removing Them Further from Us”: The Struggle for Waterpower on New England’s Eastern Frontier
by Zachary M. Bennett

A Vermont Woman Meets the Anti-Slavery Movement: Eliza Marsh and her “Book of Sentiments”
by Kevin P. Thornton

Local History in a Globalized World
by Marla R. Miller

“Am I Gagged”? John Quincy Adams and Principled Leadership
by John M. Belohlavek

Book Reviews

“Each generation must rewrite history from its own point of view.” 
NEQ’s Founding Editors, 1928