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The World of John Winthrop

England and New England, 1588–1649


edited by Francis J. Bremer and Lynn A. Botelho

When John Winthrop, first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, emigrated from Stuart England to America, he and the colonists who accompanied him carried much of their culture with them. Written by leading English and American scholars, the essays in The World of John Winthrop: England and New... More


Hot Potato

How Washington and New York Gave Birth to Black Basketball and Changed America's Game Forever


Bob Kuska

"The players today are much better than we were.... But there is one thing that we could do better. We could pass the ball better than they can now. Man, we used to pass that basketball around like it was a hot potato."—Sam "Buck" Covington, former member of the Washington Bruinsn a nation... More


Henry Adams and the Need to Know



William Merrill Decker and Earl N. Harbert, eds.

For Henry Adams at the turn of the twentieth century, as for his successors in the twenty-first, the relation of mind to a world remade by technology and geopolitical conflict largely determined the destiny of civil life. Henry Adams and the Need to Know presents fourteen essays that articulate... More


The Papers of Robert Treat Paine

Volume I: 1746-1756


Stephen T. Riley and Edward W. Hanson

The Papers of Robert Treat Paine is a selected edition of documents primarily from the Robert Treat Paine collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Covering his public and private lives, the published Papers draws together correspondence to and from Paine beginning with his days at... More


The Papers of Robert Treat Paine

Volume II: 1757-1774


Stephen T. Riley and Edward W. Hanson

The Papers of Robert Treat Paine is a selected edition of documents primarily from the Robert Treat Paine collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Covering his public and private lives, the published Papers draws together correspondence to and from Paine beginning with his days at... More


The Papers of Leverett Saltonstall, 1816-1845

January-December 1842


Robert F. Moody

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The Papers of Leverett Saltonstall, 1816-1845

January 1843-May 1845


Robert F. Moody

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Winthrop Papers, 1650-1654



Malcolm Freiberg

Containing the letters of John Winthrop, Sr., and Jr., and their correspondents, this collection details the early years of the New England colonies. One of the most important manuscript sources about colonial New England, the Winthrop Papers are central to the collections of the Massachusetts... More


Witness to America's Past

Two Centuries of Collecting by the Massachusetts Historical Society


MHS Staff

This fully illustrated catalog, published in 1991 to accompany the Massachusetts Historical Society's 200th-anniversary exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, provides the reader with an engaging view of the books, manuscripts, artwork, and historical artifacts collected by the Society over... More


Clio's Consort

Jeremy Belknap and the Founding of The Massachusetts Historical Society


Louis L. Tucker

Former Massachusetts Historical Society director Louis Leonard Tucker's Clio's Consort: Jeremy Belknap and the Founding of the Massachusetts Historical Society offers not only a useful biographical sketch of Belknap, but also a close examination of his values as a historian and an in-depth... More


Massachusetts and the New Nation



Conrad E. Wright

This collection of essays studies the role of a single state in the transformation of American life following the Revolutionary War. As the citizens of the state worked to establish their new Commonwealth and determine its relationship to a federal government also in its infancy, they were forced... More


The Language of Democracy

Political Rhetoric in the United States and Britain, 1790–1900


Andrew W. Robertson

Tracing the history of political rhetoric in nineteenth-century America and Britain, Andrew W. Robertson shows how modern election campaigning was born. Robertson discusses early political cartoons and electioneering speeches as he examines the role of each nation’s press in assimilating masses of... More


Night Journeys

The Power of Dreams in Transatlantic Quaker Culture


Carla Gerona

Early modern Quakers looked to their dreams to gain spiritual insight and developed a potent system of dreamwork that acted simultaneously as a device for gaining and retaining authority and as a democratizing force. Night Journeys recounts how Quakers on both sides of the Atlantic turned their... More


No Ordinary College

A History of The University of Virginia's College at Wise


Brian Steel Wills

"You are making history today," the University of Virginia Extension Division agent Samuel Crockett observed to a gathering of students and faculty on September 15, 1954, in Wise, Virginia. The occasion was the opening convocation of what would become Clinch Valley College of the University of... More


The South, The Nation, and The World

Perspectives on Southern Economic Development


David L. Carlton and Peter A. Coclanis

Like the rest of British North America, the American South was "born capitalist." The slave plantation, then, was essentially a form of business enterprise like any other—indeed, one quite modern and sophisticated for its time. There were initially very few significant differences in business... More


A History of the European Economy, 1000-2000



Francois Crouzet

Considering Europe as a whole rather than as a mosaic of individual states, François Crouzet presents here an accessible, engaging history of the European economy during the second millennium.Stressing the common economic institutions shared over time by the different regions of Europe and the... More


The Agrarian Origins of American Capitalism



Allan Kulikoff

Allan Kulikoff's provocative new book traces the rural origins and growth of capitalism in America, challenging earlier scholarship and charting a new course for future studies in history and economics. Kulikoff argues that long before the explosive growth of cities and big factories, capitalism in... More


Weevils in the Wheat

Interviews with Virginia Ex-Slaves


Charles L. Perdue, Jr., and Thomas E. Barden

For Henry Adams at the turn of the twentieth century, as for his successors in the twenty-first, the relation of mind to a world remade by technology and geopolitical conflict largely determined the destiny of civil life. Henry Adams and the Need to Know presents fourteen essays that articulate... More


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