Volume 96.1: March 2023

The New England Quarterly announces the publication of Volume 96.1: March 2023. We want to give a special thanks to our departing editor, Jonathan Chu, for his extraordinary contribution to our publication. Congratulations on your retirement!

by Jonathan M. Chu

American Political Cultures Forum: Keynote Address

The Radicalism of Northern Abolition 
by Sean Wilentz


We’re all in this fight together”: African American and Latinx Parent-Activists in Boston Schools 
by Tatiana M. F. Cruz

Memoranda and Documents

A Cambridge University Greek Textbook at Harvard College in 1642 
by Thomas Matthew Vozar

Book Reviews

Female Genius: Eliza Harriot and George Washington at the Dawn of the Constitution. By Mary Sarah Bilder
by Martha J. King
The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America. By John Wood Sweet
by Richard Brown
Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North. By Crystal Lynn Webster
by Kibibi V. Mack-Shelton
Useful Objects: Museums, Science, & Literature in Nineteenth- Century America. By Reed Gochberg
by Caitlin Galante-DeAngelis Hopkins
Paper Trails: the US Post and the Making of the American West. By Cameron Blevins
by Joseph M. Adelman

Holly Jackson announced as new Editor-in-Chief of The New England Quarterly

The MIT Press is pleased to announce that Holly Jackson has been appointed as the Bernard Bailyn Editor of The New England Quarterly (NEQ). Jackson will build upon the success of the previous editor Jonathan Chu, who has retired after seven years of exceptional service. 

“I’m honored to take on the editorship of The New England Quarterly,” said Holly Jackson, who is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. “As we continue its nearly century-long tradition as a venue for exceptional research and writing on the region’s history, literature, and culture, we are eager to highlight both established and emerging scholars, approaches, and archives that will help us see New England anew.” 

Holly Jackson is Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she also serves as the interim Chair of the American Studies department. She is the author of prize-winning scholarly essays on 19th-century US literature and culture, social movements, radical thought, and the family, as well as pieces in popular venues including The Boston GlobeThe Washington Post, and The New York Times. Her most recent book, American Radicals: How 19th-Century Protest Shaped the Nation, was named a top-ten history book of 2019 by Smithsonian Magazine and a nonfiction honoree by the Massachusetts Book Awards.

Nick Lindsay, director of journals and open access at the MIT Press noted that the Press is thrilled by Jackson’s appointment. “Holly is not only an esteemed researcher, but an excellent editor. We couldn’t be more excited to have her lead NEQ.”

The New England Quarterly covers a range of time periods, from before European colonization to the present, and discusses subjects germane to New England’s history. The journal also aims to link regional history and literary cultures to broader scholarly studies by encouraging work that treats the migration of ideas, people, and institutions from New England to other parts of the United States and the world.  In addition to major essays, features include memoranda and edited documents, reconsiderations of traditional texts and interpretations, and book reviews. 

To learn more about NEQ, visit

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Volume 95.4: December 2022

The New England Quarterly announces the publication of Volume 95.4: December 2022.


by Jonathan M. Chu

2021 Whitehill Prize Essay
The Rights of God’s Stewards: Property, Conscience, and the Great Awakening in Canterbury, Connecticut
by Erik Nordbye

Sonic Piety in Early New England
by Francis Russo
Beyond “Sectional Superiority”: Memorializing Black History in Northern New England
by Eve Allegra Raimon

Memoranda and Documents
Selling Books in Eighteenth-Century Boston: The Daybook of Benjamin Guild
by Leah Orr

Book Review
Native Americans of New England. By Christoph Strobel
by Neal Dugre
The Transcendentalists and Their World. By Robert A. Gross
by Benjamin E. Park
Speaking for the People: Native Writing and the Question of Political Form. By Mark Rifkin
by Alison Russell
Unfaithful: Love, Adultery, and Marriage Reform in Nineteenth-century America. By Carol Faulkner
by April Haynes
Useful Objects: Museums, Science, & Literature in Nineteenth-Century America.
By Reed Gochberg
by Caitlin Galante-DeAngelis Hopkins

50% off subscriptions for a limited time!

Celebrating fifty years of the MIT Press journals program, the New England Quarterly is excited to announce our current sale– 50% off for all new subscribers. Looking for a present to send a loved one this holiday season? If you are already a subscriber, take advantage of this sale by sending the journal as a gift. Sale ends January 1st, 2023.

2022 Whitehill Prize

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts Announces the 2022

Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History Competition

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 2022 prize must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2023. The Society expects to announce the winning candidate in the spring of 2022.

Entries submitted for consideration should be sent as a word attachment to Hard copies may be sent to

Whitehill Prize Committee
c/o The New England Quarterly
Department of History
University of Massachusetts, Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

For additional information, including prize specifications and a list of past winners, see

Volume 95.3: September 2022

The New England Quarterly announces the publication of Volume 95.3: September 2022.

by Jonathan Chu

Bernard Bailyn Memorial Remarks
by Jack Rakove

Bernard Bailyn on the Craft and Art Historical Writing
by Fred Anderson

From Robert Keayne to Angola, Richard, and Grace: Bernard Bailyn and New England’s Place in an Atlantic World
by Virginia DeJohn Anderson

The Social Origins of Ideological Origins: Notes on the Historical Legacy of Bernard Bailyn
by Mark Peterson

Biography and Bernard Bailyn: The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson and the “Logical Obligation” of Historical Research
by Sally E. Hadden

“The Peripheral Lands”: Bernard Bailyn and the North American Backcountry
by Eric Hinderaker

Bernard Bailyn’s Barbarous Modernity
by Peter C. Mancall

Attack by a Turkey: Learning to Write History from Bernard Bailyn
by Robert J. Allison

The Pedagogy of Bafflement: Bernard Bailyn’s History 2910, Fall 1996
by Fred Anderson

Book Review

Illuminating History: A Retrospective of Seven Decades. By Bernard Bailyn
by John Demos

The Living Past: Commitments for the Future The First Millennium Evening Hosted at the White House
by Bernard Bailyn

Bernard Bailyn’s Eulogy for Pauline Maier (1938–2013) October 29, 2013
by Bernard Bailyn

Illuminating How Bud Wrote
by Lotte Lazarsfeld Bailyn

Ph.D. Dissertations Directed by Bernard Bailyn at Harvard University 559

Volume 95.2: June 2022

The New England Quarterly announces the publication of Volume 95.2: June 2022.

by Jonathan Chu

In Memoriam: Richard Slator Dunn (1928-2022)
by Jonathan Chu

Revisiting Black Boston


Introduction: On the Histories and Futures of Black New England Studies
by Kerri Greenidge and Holly Jackson

“Here Lyes the Body of Cicely Negro”: Enslaved Woman in Colonial Cambridge and the Making of New England History
by Nicole Saffold Maskiell

“Full and Impartial Justice” Robert Morris and the Equal School Rights Movement in Massachusetts
by Kabria Baumgertner

Girls’ High School and the “Wild Facts” of Race in Pauline Hopkins’s Of One Blood
by Max L. Chapnick

Race, Reuse, and Reform: Preserving the Garrison House, Contesting Garrisonianism in Turn-of-the-Century Boston
by Madeline Webster

Review Essay

Global Revolutions
by Eliga Gould

Book Reviews

Emerson and Other Minds: Idealism and the Moral Self, Volume One, by Michael Colacurcio and Emerson and Other Minds: Idealism and the Lonely Subject, Volume Two. By Michael Colacurcio
by Clark Davis


September 16: Somerset Club, 42 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

September 17: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

View conference program below or download a pdf.

View website


All attendees must register to attend the conference. Note that conference presenters and commenters do NOT need to register. 

In order to attend both days of the conference, please register for both events below.

Register to attend dinner and keynote on 16 September at the Somerset Club here.

Register to attend programs at the Massachusetts Historical Society on 17 September including lunch here.

Registration for events on both days of conference will close on 2 September.

Questions about registration? Email Research Coordinator Cassandra Cloutier


Friday, September 16

Reception and dinner: 6 p.m. Friday, September 16, Somerset Club

Keynote address: Sean Wilentz, 8 p.m. “The Radicalism of Northern Emancipation.”
George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of History, Princeton University

Saturday, September 17 

Massachusetts Historical Society

Arrival: 8:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee, tea, snacks

First Session: 9:00-10:15 a.m.

“Property in the Age of Revolutions” Panel Discussion

  • Gordon Wood, Alva O. Way Professor of History, Emeritus, Brown University
  • Wim Klooster, Robert H. and Virginia Scotland Professor in History and Foreign Relations, Clark University
  • Mark A. Peterson, Edmund S. Morgan Professor of History, Yale University
  • Rebecca L. Spang, Ruth N. Halls Professor of History, Indiana University

Short Break/Coffee, 10:15-10:30 a.m.

Second Session: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Politics and Personality in New England

  • “‘Hereafter there will be no intimacy:’ Charles Francis Adams, Charles Sumner, and the Emerging Divisions Within the Republican Party.” Douglas Egerton, Professor of History, Le Moyne College
  • “Charles Sumner’s Political Culture and the Foundation of Civil Rights.” John Stauffer, Sumner R. and Marshall S. Kates Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Comment: Manisha Sinha, James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair and Professor in American History, University of Connecticut

Buffet Lunch, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Third Session, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

The Politics and Culture of Investing

  • “American Expectations: the Culture of Interest, and Return on Investment in the New Republic.” Hannah Farber, Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University
  • “Silicon Politics, from Big Science to Big Tech.” Margaret O’Mara, Howard and Frances Keller Professor of History, University of Washington

Short Break/Coffee, 2:45-3:00 p.m.

Fourth Session, 3:00-4:15 p.m.

Creating a New New England

  • “Making a Post-Industrial New England.” Lizabeth Cohen, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard University
  • “Overlapping Diasporas and the New England Metropolis: Black Communities and Histories since the 1970s.” Brian Purnell, Geoffrey Canada Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History, Bowdoin College

Conclusion, 4:20-5:30 p.m.

Themes in American Political Cultures: A Concluding Discussion

Closing Reception: Beverages and Light Refreshments

Save The Date

The New England Quarterly is Pleased to Announce its Forum on
September 16 and 17, 2022

Friday, September 16

Reception and Dinner, Somerset Club
Keynote Address: Sean Wilentz
George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of History, Princeton University

Saturday, September 17

Massachusetts Historical Society

First Session

Panel Discussion: Gordon Wood, Mark Peterson, Wim Klooster, Rebecca Spang

Second Session

Douglas Egerton, “’Hereafter there will be no intimacy:’ Charles Francis Adams, Charles Sumner, and the Emerging Divisions Within the Republican Party.”

John Stauffer, “Charles Sumner’s Political Culture and the Foundation of Civil Rights.”

Third Session

Hannah Farber, “On Economy, the Law, and the State in the Early Republic”

Margaret O’Mara, “Silicon Politics, from Big Science to Big Tech”

Fourth Session

Lizabeth Cohen, “Making a Post-Industrial New England”

General Discussion of American Political Cultures—Regional and Chronological

Further Details to Follow

Volume 95.1: March 2022

The New England Quarterly announces the publication of Volume 95.1: March 2022.

by Jonathan Chu


Now is the Winter of Our Dull Content Seasonality and the Atlantic Communications Frontier in Eighteenth-Century New England
by Jordan E. Talor

by Stuart M. McManus

Little Brother to Dartmouth: Thetford Academy, Colonialism, and Dispossession in New England
by Maurice S. Crandall

Memoranda and Documents

James Indian, “Answers”: An Indigenous Freedom Suit in Massachusetts Bay
by Anthony Shoplik and Jeffrey Glover

Review Essay

Separating History and Fiction
by William Martin

Book Reviews

The Trials of Thomas Morton: An Anglican Lawyer, His Puritan Foes, and the Battle for a New England. By Peter C. Mancall
by Charlotte Carrington-Farmer

Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction. By Kate Masur
by Richard D. Brown

Puritan Spirits in the Abolitionist Imagination. By Kenyon Gradert
by Lindsay DiCuirci

Conflagration: How Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice. By John A. Buehrens
by Peter Wirzbicki

Eloquence Embodied: Nonverbal Communication Among French and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas. By Celine Carayon
by Ian Saxine

by Seth Cotlar