The New England Quarterly

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Check out recent author Adrain Chastain Weimer’s blogpost!

Adrian Chastain Weimer writes for the Massachusetts Historical Society blog on “Elijah’s Mantle & its Annotations: A Source for Puritan Constitutionalism” Check out the blog here.

Weimer’s related article, “The Resistance Petitions of 1664–1665: Confronting the Restoration in Massachusetts Bay,” appears in the June 2019 issue of the New England Quarterly.

Read Weimer’s NEQ article here, free for the next two months!


The December 2019 Issue of the NEQ is now in print!

“Here at the Quarterly, we find wisdom in the diversity of perspectives found in our submissions and reviews because they reflect continuities with the past while promising opportunities for future study and deeper understanding. We do not continue to assume, as Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. did, that Massachusetts or New England lies at the hub of the solar system, but we do believe that these studies remind us that New England remains an important medium for reflection about the contours of the history and culture of the United States and the world. We are especially pleased that in their significant manner these essays continue to use homely facts to create epiphanic moments and help us better delineate broad vistas.”

Jonathan Chu, Editor

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


The Colonial Society of Massachusetts Announces the 2019
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.

A committee of eminent historians will review the essays. Their decision in all cases will be final.

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 2019 prize must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2020. The Society expects to announce the winning candidate in the spring of 2020.

Entries submitted for consideration should be addressed to:

Whitehill Prize Committee
c/o The New England Quarterly

Department of History
University of Massachusetts, Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

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


Innovations in Teaching

The New England Quarterly is pleased to announce the addition of Innovations in Teaching to our website. As teachers as well as editors and scholars, we began discussions three summers ago on how we might make the Quarterly useful for a larger audience. Last August we finally got around to placing the conversation on the functional equivalent of our New Year’s resolutions. Shortly thereafter, one of us reviewed a submission from the University of Vermont with a long list of co-authors which to our subsequent delight was an essay on the life of Frances Parkinson Keyes, author and the wife of Senator Henry Keyes of New Hampshire, written by eleven undergraduates in the US social history undergraduate seminar under the direction of Professor Melanie Gustafson. Sometimes, as the great Oakland and Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson used to say, “It’s better to be lucky than good.” We agreed that however the department evolved, this essay and Professor Gustafson’s seminar needed a larger audience, hence its publication here as our inaugural effort.

Grateful for the contribution of Professor Gustafson’s class, we solicit responses to continue the conversation we hope this essay initiates on teaching. We also welcome comments, suggestions, and contributions that would facilitate other conversations on the teaching of history. Our only guidance at this point is that all contributions be directed towards advancing New England history and literary culture and being of use to teachers. Those interested in contributing a pedagogical exercise or commentary should forward pdf and word documents to for the editors’ review.

—  Volume 92, Issue 4: December 2019  —

by Jonathan M. Chu


Terrapolitics in the Dawnland: Relationality, Resistance, and Indigenous Futures in the Native and Colonial Northeast

by Christine DeLucia

‘Good Mother, Farewell’: Elizabeth Freeman’s Silence and the Stories of Mumbet

by Sari Edelstein


“Lines Written by a Lady”: Judith Sargent Murray and a Mystery of Feminist Authorship

by Paul Lewis

Review Essay

Bicentennial Thoreau

by Lawrence Buell

Book Reviews

Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, and Land Speculators on the New England Frontier. By Ian Saxine
Review by Geoffrey Plank

Women at War in the Borderlands of the Early American Northeast. By Gina Martino and Women in the American Revolution: Gender, Politics, and the Domestic World. Edited by Barbara B. Oberg
Review by Ann M. Little

Quarters: The Accommodation of the British Army and the Coming of the American Revolution. By John Gilbert McCurdy
Review by Christopher Jedrey

Conservative Revolutionaries: Transformation and Tradition in the Religious and Political Thought of Charles Chauncy and Jonathan Mayhew. By John S. Oakes
Review by J. Patrick Mullins

Our Suffering Brethren: Foreign Captivity and Nationalism in the Early United States. By David J. Dzurec III
Review by Brian Rouleau

Manufacturing Advantage: War, the State, and the Origins of American Industry, 1776–1848. By Lindsay Schakenbach Regele
Review by Hannah A. Farber

Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism. By Emily Ogden
Review by James Emmett Ryan

Slave No More: Self-Liberation before Abolitionism in the Americas. By Aline Helg
Review by Jared Ross Hardesty

Vagrants and Vagabonds: Poverty and Mobility in the Early American Republic. By Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan
Review by Ruth Wallis Herndon

Colonial Revivals: The Nineteenth-Century Lives of Early American Books. By Lindsay DiCuirci
Review by Lynda K. Yankaskas

Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading. By Donna Harrington-Lueker
Review by Sarah Wadsworth

Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in Late Nineteenth-Century Boston. By Millington W. Bergeron-Lockwood
Review by Paula C. Austin

Slavery in the North: Forgetting History and Recovering Memory. By Marc Howard Ross
Review by Hilary Moss

Race Experts: Sculpture, Anthropology, and the American Public in Malvina Hoffman’s Races of Mankind. By Linda Kim
Review by Dr. Mary Jo Arnoldi

Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement. By David K. Johnson
Review by Whitney Strub

Transforming the Urban University: Northeastern, 1996–2006. By Richard M. Freeland
Review by W. Bruce Leslie

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