The New England Quarterly

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The Colonial Society of Massachusetts announces the 2017 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize winner, Neal Dugre.

The award-winning essay, “Repairing the Breach: Puritan Expansion, Commonwealth Formation, and the Origins of the United Colonies of New England, 1630–1643” will be published in an upcoming issue of the Quarterly.

The NEQ is accepting submissions for the 2018 Whitehill Prize in Early American History. Click here for more information including judging criteria, submission specifications, and past winners.

Our June 2018 issue is now available.

“In 1928 Samuel Eliot Morison and his colleagues founded the Quarterly to challenge the view that New England studies were an abandoned farmstead in need of extensive renovation; our authors in this issue demonstrate New England’s continued centrality to scholarship on regional and national subjects. Our first two articles reflect the region’s unique role in larger scholarly conversations on the First World War…. Sherry Zane connects the arrest and prosecution of gay sailors in New- port, Rhode Island to the rise of a national security apparatus…. Michael McGuire’s study of Frances Webster’s participation as an overseas volunteer for the American Red Cross in France illustrates the layers of class and gender that shaped civilian support for the war…. [James] Rankin’s essay connects Gravity’s Rainbow with an earlier New England, positioning Pynchon’s engagement with contemporary issues in an ongoing and ironic conversation with his Puritan ancestor.” — Editorial, Jonathan M. Chu

Scroll down to see the issue’s full table of contents.

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.

—  Volume 91, Issue 2: June 2018  —

by Jonathan M. Chu

New England and World War I

“I did it for The Uplift of Humanity and The Navy”: Same-Sex Acts and the Origins of the National Security State, 1919–1921
by Sherry Zane

A Fractured Service: Frances Webster and The Great War, 1914–1918
by Michael McGuire

New Voices

“A New Election, A New Preterition”: Early New England’s Calvinism and the Hegemonic Framework of Gravity’s Rainbow
by James M. Rankin

Book Reviews

Age Norms and Intercultural Interaction in Colonial North America. By Jason Eden and Naomi Eden.
Review by Joseph E. Illick

A History of Stepfamilies in Early America. By Lisa Wilson.
Review by Barry Levy

The Portrait and the Book: Illustration and Literary Culture in Early America. By Megan Walsh.
Review by Mary Kelley

John Banister of Newport: The Life and Accounts of a Colonial Merchant. By Marian Mathison Desrosiers.
Review by Richard R. Johnson

First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory. By Mitch Kachun.
Review by Eric Hinderaker

Spectacular Men: Race, Gender, and Nation on the Early American Stage. By Sarah E. Chinn.
Review by Peter Reed

Thoreau’s Animals. By Henry David Thoreau. Edited by Geoff Wisner. Illustrated by Debby Cotter Kaspari.
Review by Richard Higgins

The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. By Manisha Sinha.
Review by Peter Hinks

Recollections of a Civil War Medical Cadet: Burt Green Wilder. Edited by Richard M. Reid.
Review by Michael A. Flannery

Peirce and the Conduct of Life: Sentiment and Instinct in Ethics and Religion. By Richard Kenneth Atkins.
Review by Michael L. Raposa

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