Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Dear HJM Book Reviewers,

     We currently have a backlog of reviews awaiting publication. In 2022 we celebrate our 50th anniversary and will only be publishing a single, special double issue (in summer ’22).  As a result, we will be not be able to accept new book reviewers and will be limiting current reviewers to one new book from now until March 1, 2022. We appreciate all of our many loyal and longstanding reviewers and hope that you will reach out to us when new submissions are again needed after March 1, 2022.


Phil Slater 

Graduate Assistant

The Historical Journal of Massachusetts

The Historical Journal of Massachusetts is looking for reviewers for the following books. If you are interested, please click here to download our Book Reviewer Application. We welcome suggestions of other new publications which are not on this list that focus on either Massachusetts or New England history. Reviews should be 600-1200 words, please click here to download our guidelines.

We also publish reviews of exhibits and websites sponsored by museums and historic sites relating to Massachusetts history. Reviews are published in the order that they are received.

Note: Books are sent on a “first-come, first-served” basis, so some books on this list may no longer be available. For the most up-to-date list, please email Books are sent one at a time to reviewers and we ask that you return the review within 2 to 3 months.

Books Available for Review

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The following book list was last updated 6/25/2022.

Book reviews are published in order they are received. We recommend a review be 1,000-1,200 words long. Book reviews are accepted on a rolling basis, but we hope to receive them within six months of receipt of the book.

General Historical Overviews

  1. Phaneuf, Wayne E. & Carvalho, Joseph III. Polish Heritage: A History of Proud Community in Western Massachusetts. (2017) (448 pp.)
  2. Phaneuf, Wayne E. & Carvalho, Joseph III. The Power of Women: Celebrating Women from Western and Central Massachusetts from the 1600s to the Present Day. (2018) (312 pp.)
  3. Sammarco, Anthony M. Lost Boston. (2014) (152 pp.)
  4. Pastore, Christopher L. Between Land and Sea: The Atlantic Coast and the Transformation of New England. (2014) (302 pp.)
  5. Senier, Siobhan, ed. Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England. (2014) (690 pp.)
  6. Allen, David Grayson. Investment Management in Boston: A History. (2015) (433 pp.)
  7. Senechal, Marjorie. Northampton’s Century of Silk. (2004) (76 pp.)
  8. Moniz, William A. Granite, Grit, & Grace: An Exploration of the Fascinating Side Streets of Fall River’s History. (2017) (467 pp.)
  9. Morice, Linda C. Flora White: In the Vanguard of Gender Equity. (2017) (219 pp.)
  10. Morrison, Dane Anthony & Lusignan Schultz, Nancy. Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory (2015) (348 pp.)
  11. Marion, Paul. Mill Power: The Origin and Impact of Lowell National Historical Park. (2014) (267 pp.)
  12. Sinton, John. Devil’s Den to Lickingwater: The Mill River Through Landscape & History. (2018) (299 pp.)
  13. Luey, Beth. At Home: Historic Houses of Eastern Massachusetts. (2019) (274 pp.)
  14. Frank, Thomas Edward. Historic Houses of Worship in Peril. (2020) (145 pp.)
  15. Phaneuf, Wayne E. & Carvalho, Joseph III. The City of Westfield Massachusetts Celebrates 350 Years. (2019) (236 pp.)
  16. Finley, Skip. Whaling Captains of Color: America’s First Meritocracy. (2020) (259 pp.)

Colonial Period, American Revolution, and Early Republic to 1800

  1. Wisecup, Kelly. Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures. (2013) (259 pp.) 
  2. Atkinson, Jay. Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America. (2015) (310 pp.) 
  3. Thornton, Tamara Plakins. Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers. (2016) (402 pp.) 
  4. Wilson, Lisa. Stepfamilies in Early America. (2014) (155 pp.) 
  5. Gilson, Thomas E. and William Gilson. Carved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England Gravestones. (2012) (124 pp.) 
  6. Lipman, Andrew. The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast. (2015) (360 pp.)  
  7. Baker, Emerson W. A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. (2014) (398 pp.)
  8. Fisher, Julie A. Silverman, David J. Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country. (2014). (114 pp.)  
  9. Hardesty, Jared Ross. Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston. (2016) (225 pp.) 
  10. Winiarski, Douglas. Darkness Falls on the Land of Light. (2017) (607 pp.) 
  11. Hammer, Carl. Pugnacious Puritans: Seventeenth-Century Hadley and New England. (2018) (103 pp.) 
  12. Blee, Lisa. Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit. (2019) (217 pp.) 
  13. Jarrett Morris, M. Michelle. Under Household Government: Sex and Family in Puritan Massachusetts. (2013) (246 pp.)
  14. Hammer, Carl I. People, Politics, and Society in Colonial Massachusetts. (2021) (223 pp.)

19th Century

  1. Bosco, Ronald and Joel Myerson (eds). Emerson: Bicentennial Essays. (2009) (452 pp.)
  2. Field, Jacqueline, Marjorie Senechal, Madelyn Shaw. American Silk 1830-1930: Entrepreneurs and Artifacts. (2007) (257 pp.) Features 3 different silk factories from MA, NH, and NY.
  3. O’Gorman, James F. Isaiah Rogers: Architectural Practice in Antebellum America. (2015) (290 pp.)
  4. Johnson, Cynthia Mestad. James DeWolf and the Rhode Island Slave Trade. (2014) (159 pp.)
  5. Hogan, Margaret A, Taylor, C. James. A Traveled First Lady: Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams. (2014) (416 pp.)
  6. Williams, Donald E. Prudence Crandall’s Legacy: The Fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott and Brown vs. Board of Education (2014) (476 pp.)
  7. Dowling, David O. Surviving the Essex: The Afterlife of America’s Most Storied Shipwreck. (2016) (240 pp.)
  8. Gordon, Lyndall. Lives Like Loaded Guns, Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds. (2010) (512 pp.)
  9. Senechal de la Roche, Roberta (Ed.). “Our Aim Was Man”: Andrew’s Sharpshooters in the American Civil War. (2016) (320 pp.)
  10. Laurie, Bruce. Rebels in Paradise: Sketches of Northampton Abolitionists. (2015) (177pp.)
  11. Guthery, Scott B. Practical Purposes: Readers in Experimental Philosophy at the Boston Athenaeum (1827-1850). (2017) (370 pp.)
  12. Bushman, Claudia L. Going to Boston: Harriet Robinson’s Journey to New Womanhood. (2017) (259 pp.)
  13. Morser, Eric J. The Fires of New England: A Story of Protest and Rebellion in Antebellum America. (2017) (230 pp.)
  14. Booth, Robert. Mad for Glory: Two American Warlords at Large in the Pacific—Imperialism and Nation-Building, 1813. (2016) (244 pp.)
  15. McKenzie, Matthew. Breaking the Banks: Representation and Realties in New England Fisheries, 1866-1966. (2018) (208 pp.)
  16. Dann, Kevin. Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau. (2017) (387 pp.)
  17. Adams, Edward Stowe. Anti-Slavery Days in Fall River and the Operation of the Underground Railroad. (2017) (137 pp.)
  18. Maillard, M. (Ed.) Whispers of Cruel Wrongs: The Correspondence of Louisa Jacobs and Her Circle, 1879-1911. (2017) (219 pp.)
  19. Woods Weierman, Karen. The Case of the Slave-Child, Med. (2019) (125 pp.)
  20. McMaster, Robert T. All the Light Here Comes from Above: The Life and Legacy of Edward Hitchcock. (2021) (369 pp.)
  21. Webster, Crystal L. Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North. (2021) (146 pp.)

20th & 21st Centuries

  1. Weber, Jody. The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston. (2009) (264 pp.)
  2. Schneider, Mark. Joe Moakley’s Journey from South Boston to El Salvador. (2013) (256 pp.)
  3. DiCara, Lawrence S. Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing Era. (2013) (202 pp.)
  4. Botticelli, Jim. Dirty Old Boston: Four Decades of a City in Transition. (2014) (238 pp.)
  5. Helman, Scott, and Jenna Russell. Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice. (2014) (337 pp.)
  6. Low, Denise. The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival. (2017) (200 pp.)
  7. Grimley, Chris, Michael Kubo, Mark Pasnik. Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston. (2015) (335 pp.)
  8. Kennedy, Patrick L., Lawrence W. Kennedy. Bricklayer Bill: The Untold Story of The Workingman’s Boston Marathon. (2017). (318 pp.)
  9. Sirman, Brian M. Concrete Changes: Architecture Politics, and the Design of Boston City Hall. (2018) (272 pp.)
  10. Lowance, Mason (Jr.) (Ed.). Amherst Rotary Goes to War. (2018) (211 pp.)
  11. Weiler, Kathleen. Maria Baldwin’s Worlds: A Story of Black New England and the Fight for Racial Justice. (2019) (190 pp. + notes and index)
  12. Moore, Honor. Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury. (2020) (383 pp.)
  13. Wilk, Stephen R. Lost Wonderland: The Brief and Brilliant Life of Boston’s Million Dollar Amusement Park. (2020) (216 pp.)
  14. Nyberg, Lyle. Summer Suffragists: Woman Suffragists in Scituate, Massachusetts. (2020) (261 pp.)


  1. Francis, Richard. Crane Pond: A Novel of Salem. (novel) (2016) (350 pp.)
    Set during the Salem Witch Trials
  2. Redfearn, James. The Rising at Roxbury Crossing. (novel) (2012) (421 pp.)
    Set in 1919 Boston

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