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.

Editorial
by Jonathan Chu

Bernard Bailyn Memorial Remarks
by Jack Rakove

Essays
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

Memoranda
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

Afterword
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.

Editorial
by Jonathan Chu

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

Revisiting Black Boston

Essays

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

AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURES FORUM

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

Registration

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.

Schedule

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
AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURES
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.

Editorial
by Jonathan Chu

Essays

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

Volume 94.4: December 2021

The New England Quarterly announces the publication of Volume 94.4: December 2021.

Editorial
by Jonathan Chu

Essays

Late-Humanism and Revolutionary Eloquence: James Lovell and His 1771 Boston Massacre Oration
by Stuart M. McManus

My Good Italian Friends”: Vida Scudder and Boston’s Circolo Italo-Americano
by Julie Garbus

Memoranda and Documents

“We Were Declared Enemies to the Country”: Two Letters from Joshua Winslow, A Consignee of the East India Company
by Robert J. Wilson III

Review Essay

Listening for Silences: The Trap of Biased Sources
by Lyndsay Campbell

Book Reviews

Religious Intolerance, America, and the World: A History of Forgetting and Remembering. By John Corrigan
by Dale E. Soden

The Sketch, the Tale, and the Beginnings of American Literature. By Lydia G. Fash
by Julia Dauer

Between Boston and Bombay: Cultural and Commercial Encounters of Yankees and Parsis, 1771–1865. By Jenny Rose
by Dael Norwood

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

Preserving the White Man’s Republic: Jacksonian Democracy, Race, and the
Transformation of American Conservatism. By Joshua Lynn
by Seth Cotlar

The Nature of the Future: Agriculture, Science, and Capitalism in the Antebellum North. By Emily Pawley
by Bonnie M. Miller

Shadow Archives: The Lifecycles of African American Literature. By Jean-Christophe
Cloutier
by Gene Andrew Jarrett

Beyond the New Deal Order: US Politics from the Great Depression to the Great Recession. Edited by Gary Gerstle, Nelson Lichtenstein, and Alice O’Connor
by Jennifer Delton

The Kennedys in the World: How Jack, Bobby, and Ted Remade America’s Empire. By
Lawrence J. Haas
by Joshua D. Farrington

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. 

The 1921 Prize in American Literature Deadline Extended: October 1, 2021

The American Literature Society is pleased to invite submissions for the 1921 prize, which is awarded annually for the best article in any field of American literature. The prize is named for the year the organization was initially founded “to promote and diversify the study of American Literature.” Judged by a panel comprised of members of the American Literature Society Advisory Board and other scholars in the field, the competition will be divided in two categories: one for tenured faculty and one for graduate students, scholars in contingent positions, and untenured faculty members. The winner will be announced at the 2022 MLA awards ceremony. 

Rules for competition:

  • Submissions must be published during the calendar year of 2021. For submissions that have not yet appeared in print by the October 1 deadline, authors are requested to provide verification that their essay will be published within the calendar year. [Because COVID- 19 has disrupted publication timelines, the ALS will consider any article to be published in a 2021 issue of a journal, even if the journal appears in print later]. 
  • No person may nominate more than one essay in a given year. 
  • Articles on any field of American literature must appear in one of the following journals: African American Review; American Literary History; American Literary Realism; American Literature; American Periodicals; American Quarterly; Arizona Quarterly; Callaloo; Early American Literature; ESQ; J19; Journal of Ethnic American Literature; Legacy; MELUS; Modern Fiction Studies; Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS); Resources for American Literary Study; Studies in American Fiction; Studies in American Indian Literatures; The New England Quarterly. Essays that appear elsewhere will not be considered. 
  • Authors must be members of the American Literature Society. Membership is free! For more about the American Literature Society, including a link to the online membership form and more about ALS awards, click here. 
  • Please email an electronic copy of the nominated essay (PDF preferred) to the Prize Committee by October 1, 2021 to 1921prizeALS@gmail.com. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Alisha Gaines, American Literature Society Chair, at amgaines@fsu.edu.

Submissions are Open for the 2021 Whitehill Prize

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts has announced the 2021 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History competition for essays on early American history (up to 1825), not previously published, with preference being given to New England subjects. 

Essays are now being accepted for consideration. All manuscripts submitted for the 2021 prize must be emailed or postmarked no later than January 15, 2022. The Society expects to announce the winning candidate in the spring of 2022.