The New England Quarterly‘s September 2018 issue is now available.
“Our essays use different approaches to the study of the life and letters of New England to demonstrate complexities familiar to recent scholars but in a fashion resonant of Miller and Bercovitch. In part they represent different methods: different periods and topics, political as opposed to intellectual history, and history as opposed to literary or cultural studies. Neal Dugre’s Whitehill prize-winning essay is a study of institutional history, of the formation of of the United Colonies; Andrew MacDonald’s, a very traditional (to this student whose primary training in the early 1970s was lumped together as intellectual and social history) essay on the fissures in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century New England Calvinism; Mixon Robinson uses church bells and railroads as prisms to unpack abolitionist activity; and Clark Davis, to link Jones Very, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivner. While each, however, engages the problems of declension, dissent, and exclusion, they, nonetheless, engage issues of orthodoxy, of defining common, in Bercovitch’s terms, agreed-upon myths.”
— Editorial, Jonathan M. Chu
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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.
— Volume 91, Issue 3: September 2018 —
by Jonathan M. Chu
In Memoriam: Nina Baym
Repairing the Breach: Puritan Expansion, Commonwealth Formation, and the Origins of the United Colonies of New England, 1630–1643
by Neal T. Dugre
The Substance of Doctrine: New England Calvinism and the Problem of Orthodoxy
by Andrew MacDonald
Bell, Book, and Locomotive: Communicating Abolition in and out of Concord, Massachusetts
by Mixon Robinson Jr.
Emerson’s Telescope: Jones Very and Romantic Individualism
by Clark Davis
The World of Credit in Colonial Massachusetts: James Richards and His Daybook, 1692–1711. Edited by James E. Wadsworth.
Review by James Henretta
Black Prometheus: Race & Radicalism in the Age of Atlantic Slavery. By Jared Hickman.
Review by Elizabeth A. Bohls
Sarah Osborn’s Collected Writings. By Sarah Osborn. Edited by Catherine A. Brekus.
Review by Caroline Wigginton
Boston Furniture 1700–1900. Edited by Brock Jobe and Gerald W.R. Ward.
Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830. By Pauline E. Kane et al.
Review by Christine Ritok
Revolution Against Empire: Taxes, Politics, and the Origins of American Independence. By Justin Du Rivage.
Review by Andrew David Edwards
Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. By Gordon S. Wood.
Review by Richard D. Brown
New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America. By Wendy Warren.
Review by Michael Guasco
Art of the Amistad and the Portrait of Cinqué. By Laura A. Macaluso.
Review by Elizabeth Bacon Eager
Picturing Emerson: An Iconography. By Joel Myerson and Leslie Perrin Wilson.
Review by Laura Saltz
The Life and Times of T.H. Gallaudet. By Edna Edith Sayers.
Review by Lawrence B. Goodheart
Black Bostonians and the Politics of Culture, 1920–1940. By Lorraine Elena Roses.
Review by Catherine A. Stewart
“Each generation must rewrite history from its own point of view.”
NEQ’s Founding Editors, 1928