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Massachusetts History, Geography and Government 


General - Native Peoples and Colonists - Revolution and Federalism - Nineteenth Century - Twentieth Century - Research Journals - Curriculum Materials & Standards


Brown, Richard B., Massachusetts, A History (New York: W. W. Norton), 1972. 

Hart, Albert, Ed., The Commonwealth History of Massachusetts, 5 Vols. (New York: States History  Co.), 1927-1930. 

Committee for New England Bibliography, New England Bibliographies,9 Vols. (Hanover, NH: Univ. Press of New England) Vol. 1, Haskell, John D. Jr., Massachusetts: A Bibliography of its History, 1972; Vol 8 includes Massaachusetts additions, Roger Parks ed., 1989; Vol. 9 includes Massachusetts additions to 1994, Roger Parks ed.,  1995. 

Kaufman, Martin, John W. Ifkovic and Joseph Carvalho III eds., 
A Guide to the History of  Massachusetts (New York: Greenwood Press), 1987. 

Sherer, Thomas E. Jr.,  The Massachusetts Atlas, A Student's Guide to the Geography of the Bay State (Old Lyme, Ct, Kilderatlas Publ. Co.) 1995. Also Teacher's Guide to The Massachusetts Atlas. 

Massachusetts Communities: Cities & Towns Profiles

Massachusetts Facts, Office of the Secretary of State, Citizens Information Service, Ashburton Place,  Boston, MA 02108. This can be downloaded from texts on 

Massachusetts State Archives, Town Maps, 1794, 1830 series, State Archives Building, 220 Morrissey  Boulevard, Bosotn, MA 02125. See also Mass. Archives collection, and public records of state government. 

Whitehill, Walter Muir, Boston, A Topographical History (Cambridge: Belknap Press), 2nd ed. 1968. 
Massachusetts; A Pictorial History (New York: Chas. Scribnerís & Sons) 1976. 

Wilkie, Richard and Jack Tager, Historical Atlas of Massachusetts (Amherst: Univ. of Mass. Press),  1991. 

Winsor, Justin, ed., The Memorial History  of Boston, 4 vols. 1881 (Boston: Tercentennial Ctte.) 1932. 

WPA Guide to Massachusetts. The Federal Writersí Project Guide to 1930s Massachusetts, orig. 1937.  New edition with introduction by Jane Holtz Kay (New York: Pantheon Books), 1983. 


Native Peoples, European Contact & Colonial Period:  

Allen, David Grayson,  In English Ways (Chapel Hill: Un. of N. Carolina Press), 1981. 

Bailyn, Bernard, The Peopling of British North America (New York:Knopf), 1986. 
New England Merchants in the 17th Century,orig. 1955 (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press), 1979. 

Cronon, William, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England (New  York:) 1983. 

Demos, John, A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony (New York: Oxford Univ.  Press), 1970). 
The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America (New York: Knopf) 1994. 

Dexter, Lincoln A., Maps of Early Massachusetts: pre-history through the Seventeenth Century.  Compiled, edited and published by Lincoln A. Dexter, Brookfield, MA, 1984. 

Fischer, David Hackett, Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (New York, Oxford Univ.  Press), 1989. 

McManis, Douglas R., European Impressions of the New England Coast, 1497-1620 (Chicago) 1972. 
Colonial New England: A Historical Geography (New York: Oxford Univ. Press), 1975. 

Morison, Samuel Eliot, The European Discovery of America, The Northern Voyages AD 500-1600. (New  York), 1971. 
 Builders of the Bay Colony (Boston: Houghton Mifflin), 1958. 

Pierson, William, Black Yankees: The Development of an Afro-American  Subculture in 18th Century  New England (Amherst: Univ. of Mass. Press), 1988. 

Russell, Howard, A Long Deep Furrow: Three Centuries of New England Farming (Hanover, NH:  Univ. Press of New England), 1976. 
Indian New England Before the Mayflower (Hanover, NH: Univ. Press of New England), 1980. 

Rutman, Darrett, Husbandmen of Plymouth, Forms and Villages of the Old Colony, 1620-1692 (Boston:  Beacon Press), 1967. 
Winthrop's Boston: Portrait of a Puritan Town(Chapel Hill, Univ. of N. Carolina Press), 1965. 

Salisbury, Neal, Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans and the Making of New Engalnd 1500- 1643. (New York:), 1982. 

Sly, John F., Town Government in Massachusetts, 1620-1930 (Hamden, CT: Archon Books), 1967. 

Trigger, Bruce G. ed., Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 15 (Washington, DC, Smithsonian),  1978. 

Zuckerman, Michael, Peaceable Kingdom, New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century (New York,  Knopf), 1970. 


Revolution & New Federalism:  

Bailyn, Bernard, Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (Cambridge: Belknap Press), 1967.  Enl. ed. 1992. 
Brown, Richard D., Revolutionary Politics in Massachusetts: The Boston Committee of Correspondence  and the Towns, 1772-1774 (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press), 1970. 

Commager, Henry Steele, Documents of American History (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall), 9th ed.  1973. 

Fischer, David Hackett, Paul Revere's Ride (New York: Oxford Univ. Press), 1994. 

Fowler, William M., The Baron of Beacon Hill: John Hancock (Boston: Houghton Mifflin), 1980. 
Samuel Adams: Radical Puritan(New York: Longman), 1997. 

Gross, Robert, The Minutemen and Their World (New York: Hill & Wang), 1976. 
In Debt to Shays: The Bicentennial of an Agrarian Rebellion (Charlottesville: Univ. Press of Va),  1993. 

Morison, Samuel Eliot, Maritime History of Massachusetts 1783-1860, 1921 (Boston: Houghton  Mifflin), 1979. 

OíConnor, Thomas H., This Momentous Affair: Massachusetts and the Ratification of the Constitution of  the U.S. (Boston Public Library), 1987. 

Szatsmary, David, Shays' Rebellion: The Making of an Agrarian Insurrection  (Amherst: Univ. of Mass.  Press), 1980. 
Taylor, Robert J., Western Massachusetts in the Revolution (Providence: Brown Univ. Press), 1954. 


Nineteenth Century Industrialization, Civil War, Immigration, Urbanization, Reform  

Abbott, Richard H., Cotton and Capital: Boston Businessmen and Antislavery Reform, 1854-1868 (Amherst: University of Mass. Press), 1991. 

Blewitt, Mary H., Men, Women, and Work: Class, Gender and Protest in the New England Shoe  Industry: 1780-1910 (Urbana, IL: Un. of Illinois Press), 1988. 

Blodgett, Geoffrey, The Gentle Reformers: Massachusetts Democrats in the Cleveland Era (Cambridge:  Harvard Univ. Press), 1966. 

Brooks, Van Wyck, The Flowering of New England, 1815-1865 (New York: E.P. Dutton & Co.),1936. 

Dublin, Thomas, Transforming Women's Work: New England Lives in the Industrial Revoluton (Ithaca:  Cornell Univ. Press), 1994. 

Faler, Paul, Mechanics & Manufacturers in Early Industrial Revolution - Lynn, Mass., 1780-1860  (Albany, NY: State Un. of NY Press), 1981. 

Formisano, Ronald P. and Constance K. Burns, eds., Boston 1700-1980: The Evolution of Urban  Politics (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press), 1984. 

Handlin, Oscar, Boston's Immigrants (Boston: Harvard Univ. Press), 1979. 
The Uprooted, (Boston: Little Brown), 2nd enl. ed. 1990. 
 and Mary Handlin, Commonwealth: Study of the Role of Government in the American Economy -  Massachusetts 1774-1861 (Cambridge: Belknap Press), 1969. 

Hodgkins, J. E., The Civil War Diary of Lt. J.E. Hodgkins; 19th Mass. Volunteers, from August 11,  1862 to June 3, 1865., ed. by Kenneth C. Turino with intro. by Steven C. Eames (Camden,  ME: Picton Press), 1994. 

Miller, William Lee, Arguing About Slavery (New York: Knopf), 1996. 

Mulkern, John R., The Know-Nothing Party in Massachusetts: The Rise and Fall of a Peopleís  Movement (Boston: Northeastern Univ. Press), 1990. 

O'Connor, Thomas H., Civil War Boston: Homefront and Battlefield (Boston: Northeastern Univ.  Press), 1997. 
The Boston Irish: A Political History (Boston: Northeastern Univ. Press), 1995. 

Renehan, Edward, Jr., The Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired With John Brown (New York: Crown Publishing Co.), 1995. 

Steinberg, Theodore, Nature Incorporated: Industrialization and the Waters of New England (New York:  Cambridge Univ. Press), 1991. 

Tager, Jack and John W. Ifkovic eds, Massachusetts in the Gilded Age (Amherst: Univ. of Mass. Press),  1985. 

Thernstrom, Stephen, Poverty and Progress: Social Mobility in a Nineteenth Century City {Newburyport} (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press), 1964. 
 The Other Bostonians (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press), 1973. 

Ward, David, Cities and Immigrants. A Geography of Change in 19th Century America (New York:) 1971. 

Warner, Sam Bass, Jr., Streetcar Suburbs: The Process of Growth in Boston, 1870-1900 (Cambridge:  Harvard Univ. Press), 2nd ed. 1978. 

Zevin, Robert, The Growth of Manufacturing in Early 19th Century New England (New York), 1975. 


Twentieth Century  Metropolitan Mass., Depression, to Post-War Information Age  

Abrams, Richard M., Conservatism in a Progressive Era: Massachusetts Politics, 1900-1912 (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press), 1964. 

Commager, Henry Steele, The American Mind: an Interpretation of Thought and Character since 1880's (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press), 1950. 

Conuel, Thomas, Quabbin: The Accidental Wilderness, Massachusetts Audubon Society; (Brattleboro, Vt:  Stephen Greene Press), 1981. 

Formisano, Ronald P. , Boston Against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960ís and the 1970s (Chapel Hill, University of N. C. Press) 1991. 

Garrity, W. Arthur, Jr., The Boston School Decision (Boston:The Community Action Committee of  Paperback Booksmith), 1974. 

Goodwin, Doris Kearns, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys (New York: St. Martins Press), 1991. 

Halberstam, David, The Best and the Brightest (New York: Random House), 1972. 

Huthmacker, J. Joseph, Masssachusetts People and Politics, 1919-1933 ( New York: Atheneum), 1969. 

Juravich, Tom, et al., Commonwealth of Toil: Chapters in the History of Massachusetts Workers and  Their Unions (Amherst: Univ.of Mass. Press), 1996. 

Kozol, Jonathan, Death at an Early Age (New York: New American Library), repr. 1985. 

Leuchtenberg, William E., The FDR Years: On Roosevelt and His Legacy (New York: Columbia  University Press), 1995. 

Lukas, J. Anthony, Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families (New York, Knopf) 1985. 

Russell, Francis, A City in Terror: 1919: The Boston Police Strike (New York: Viking Press), 1975. 
Tragedy in Dedham: the Story of the Sacco-Vanzetti Case (New York: McGraw Hill), 1971. 

Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr., A Thousand Days: John Fitzgerald Kennedy in the White House (Boston:  Houghton Mifflin), 1965. 
Robert Kennedy and his Times (Boston: Houghton Mifflin), 1978. 


Massachusetts Research Journals  
Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street. Boston, MA 02215. 

Great Migration Newsletter, c/o New England Historic Genealogy Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116-3087. 

Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Institute for Massachusetts Studies, Westfield State College, Wesstfield, MA 01086. 

New England Journal of History, New England History Teachers Association, Bentley College, Waltham, MA 02452. 

New England Quarterly, 239 Meserve Hall, Northeastern University, Boston, MA  02120. See 


History, Geography, Government: Curriculum Materials, Standards  

Commonwealth Museum. Places of Massachusetts: Local Studies Sourcebook, Office of the Secretary of State, Archives Building, 220 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125. This can be downloaded from the Massachusetts Studies Project - Texts at
A Primer on Local History, The Massachusetts Ratification of the US Constitution, Commonwealth  Museum, Office of the Secretary of State, 1988. 

Cobblestone Publishing Co., Peterborough, NH 03452-7380. Many issues of Theme Packs and Primary Sources relate to Massachusetts. 

Hakim, Joy, author of 10 Volumes in History Curriculum series, (New York: Oxford University Press), 1993-93. 

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., primary source documents, including examples from Mass., can be seen online at  

Massachusetts Department of Education, 450 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148. Education Reform and Curriculum Frameworks: History/Social Science Standards online at 

Massachusetts Studies Project, ILT, Graduate College of Education, University of Mass. Boston, Boston, MA 02125. 617-287-7654. Homepage

Mass. Council for the Social Studies newsletter, Newsline, Carlyjane Dunn Watson, ed., Bourne High School, 75 Waterhouse Rd., Bourne, MA 02532-3899. 

National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Many primary sources relate to Massachusetts. See The Digital Classroom for sample lessons and documents.

National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark St., NW, Washington, DC 20016: Official journal, Social Education, issued monthly, (see feature Teaching with Historic Documents) National Guidelines at 

National Geographical Society, Key to the National Geography Standards  
Geography for Life: National Geography Standards
, Washington, DC, 1994 

National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Register of Historic Places, 
Teaching with Historic Places, New York, 1995, in cooperation with National Park Service,  

New York State Archives and Records Administration, Consider the Source: Historic Records in the Classroom, See Other Services at

Perspectives on History Series, including primary sources; many books relate to Massachusetts. Discovery Enterprises, Ltd., Carlisle Ma 01741. Paperback for grades 5-12. 

A listing of Children's Trade Books Related to Massachusetts is now in progress and not yet online. See Children's Literature Bibliography  for draft of Kid Lit by Cheryl Ann Schwartz, which contains many history and geography related books. 


The MSP is grateful to Edward J. Kingsbury for his support of this bibliography. 

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