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A Guide to the history of Massachusetts /
edited by Martin Kaufman, John W. Ifkovic, and Joseph Carvalho III.
imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
description
xii, 313 p. ; 25 cm. --
ISBN
0313245649 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
isbn
0313245649 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
2203338
 
Includes bibliographies and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-09:
The third of the "Reference Guides to State History and Research" series, this volume contains primarily nine historiographic essays. Six treat chronological periods: 1620 to 1698, by Francis Bremer; 1689 to1765 (Puritanism to Revolution), by William Pencak; Revolutionary Massachusetts (limited to writings of the last two decades), by Bruce Daniels; 1790 to 1860 ("the Commonwealth's takeoff period," treating immigration, urbanization, and industrialization), by Jack Larkin; late 19th century, including political histories, biographies, and community studies, by Gerald McFarland; and the rise to power of immigrant groups in the 20th century, by Robert O'Leary. Other chapters include urban Massachusetts, by Jack Tager; women in the Commonwealth before 1920, by Mary J. Oates; and oral history, by John J. Fox (which concludes that most such collections in Massachusetts are of little use in research). The essays are followed by useful descriptions of manuscript and archival holdings of 31 historical societies, museums, and public and university libraries; especially useful are the lesser-known repositories that lack published guides. There is an index of personal names and subjects. A fine overview of the present state of historical writing on Massachusetts, this book complements Committee for a New England Bibliography's Massachusetts: A Bibliography of its History (CH, Nov '76; scheduled for revision in 1989). Recommended for large academic libraries and for most academic and public libraries in Massachusetts. -J. D. Haskell, Jr., College of William and Mary
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'œThe third of the 'Reference Guides to State History and Research' series, this volume contains primarily nine historiographic essays. Six treat chronological periods: 1620 to 1698, by Francis Bremer; 1689 to 1765 (Puritanism to Revolution), by William Pencak; Revolutionary Massachusetts (limited to writings of the last two decades), by Bruce Daniels; 1790 to 1860 ('the Commonwealth's takeoff period,' treating immigration, urbanization, and industrialization), by Jack Larkin; late 19th century, including political histories, biographies, and community studies, by Gerald McFarland; and the rise to power of immigrant groups in the 20th century by Robert O'Leary. . . A fine overview of the present state of historical writing on Massachusetts, this book complements Committee for a New England Bibliography's Massachusetts:A Bibliography of its History (CH, Nov 76; scheduleed for revision in 1989).'' Choice
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This volume is designed as a general reference tool for the study of the history of Massachusetts. The only book of its type, the volume focuses largely on local history, emphasizing the new social history, and containing biographies of leading figures. Since Massachusetts history and U.S. history largely intertwined during the colonial and early national period, the book provides information on trends in early American history, and provides scholars and other interested readers with an up-to-date summary of major works and important interpretations of each period and of relevant themes, such as urban history, women in history, and oral history.
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"A fine overview of the present state of historical writing on Massachussetts." Choice
Table of Contents
Introduction
The Historical Literature
Archives and Sources
Index
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