New England industrialists hired thousands of young farm girls to work together in early textile mills—and spawned a host of unintended consequences
One terrible night came to symbolize the whole struggle for supremacy on the North American continent
They border each other, they look alike, and most outsiders have a hard time separating the two. Yet residents know the differences are enormous.
Very. The legacy of British traits in America is deeper and more significant than we knew.
On their weathered stone battlements can
be read the whole history of the three-century
struggle for supremacy in the New World
Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia Peabody managed to extend the boundaries that cramped the lives of nineteenth-century women. Elizabeth introduced the kindergarten movement to America, Mary developed a new philosophy of mothering that we now take for granted, and Sophia was liberated from invalidism by her passionate love for her husband.
In the blustery days of late fall, the traveler still can find the sparseness and solitude that so greatly pleased the Concord naturalist in 1849
From Fort Ticonderoga to the Plaza Hotel, from Appomattox Courthouse to Bugsy Siegel’s weird rose garden in Las Vegas, the present-day scene is enriched by knowledge of the American past
The first settlers marked the borders of their lives with simple fences that grew ever more elaborate over the centuries
Did the Indians have a special, almost noble, affinity with the American environment—or were they despoilers of it? Two historians of the environment explain the profound clash of cultures between Indians and whites that has made each group almost incomprehensible to the other.
The curious story of Milford Haven
The richly embellished account book of an eighteenth-century sea captain, newly discovered in a Maine attic
She was the first whaleship ever sunk by her prey. But that’s not why she’s remembered.
How Hadley, Massachusetts, (incorporated 1661) coped with wolves, drunks, Indians, witches, and the laws of God and man.
When it comes to genealogical pride, there’s nothing to equal the modest satisfaction of a slightly threadbare, socially impregnable New Englander. A canny guide to the subtle distinctions of America’s most rarefied society.
A vicious attack on a holiday favorite
The mysterious diseases that nearly wiped out the Indians of New England were the work of the Christian God — or so both Pilgrims and Indians believed.
In recent years many voices—both Native-American and white—have questioned whether Indians did in fact invent scalping. What is the evidence?
Pried loose from a furious Great Britain to meet a tragic death in the New World, this huge elephant made a fortune for his owner, delighted millions, and added a new superlative to our language
Year by year the ranks of the G.A.R. grew thinner —but until the last old soldier was gone, Decoration Day in a New England town was a moving memorial to “the War”
In the name of progress one of New England’s most historic and unusual urban areas is being carved into parking lots
Today’s lumberjacks are better paid, and they are apt to live longer, but their exploits pale beside those of old-fashioned "river hogs."
those of the old-fashioned “river hogs”
The crumbling headstones of New England’s Puritan burying grounds honor the dead) warn the living, and promise a bright resurrection
That splendid flower of New England— the town meeting—wilts under the scrutiny of a native son