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
bv Neal Dugre
The Transcendentalists and Their World. By Robert A. Gross
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 neq@umb.edu. 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 www.nequarterly.wordpress.com.

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


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 ccloutier@masshist.org.


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

Check out MHS’s online seminar with 2021 Whitehill Prize winner Cornelia H. Dayton!

Professor Cornelia H. Dayton will present her essay “Lost Years Recovered: John Peters and Phillis Wheatley Peters in Middleton” at a Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar at the Massachusetts Historical Society on Tuesday, September 21 at 5:15pm EDT.

From MHS:

Litigation in Essex County reveals where the African-born poet Phillis Wheatley Peters and her husband John Peters went when they left Boston for three years starting in spring 1780. Peters came into possession of a substantial farm where he had been enslaved as a child. But his tenuous legal position and the hostility of many townspeople led to his eventually losing the land and deciding to move the family back to Boston. Panelists will discuss the implications of these new findings, the future research pathways they suggest, and investigative methods that expand our awareness of Black lives in the late eighteenth-century northeast. Attendees are invited to read the recently published article by Dayton that delineates the complicated litigation record. 

Remembering Professor Bernard Bailyn

The Library of America celebrated the life of our dear friend Professor Bernard Bailyn with a conversation among three eminent historians: Gordon S. Wood of Brown University, Richard D. Brown of the University of Connecticut and President of New England Quarterly, Inc., and Robert J. Allison of Suffolk University. You can read their conversation here.

Image courtesy of Julia Malakie/Associated Press.

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!