The Historical Journal of Massachusetts (HJM) is seeking articles about any aspect of Massachusetts history, culture, politics, art, literature, or contemporary social issues (with some historical background). We seek to offer a "people's history" of Massachusetts. HJM is a peer-reviewed, academic journal with an attractive graphic design published twice a year since 1972 (180 pages per issue; see sample issue and articles at our webpage). Generously funded by Westfield State College, subscriptions are only $12.00 annually.
We cover every era in U.S. history. Our focus ranges from political history to labor and social history; ethnic, immigrant, and women's studies; biography and public history. However, at this time we are especially interested in articles on the history of more recent immigrant communities in Mass: Latino, Brazilian, Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Asian, African and Middle Eastern. We have had extensive coverage of African American heritage in previous issues, but have rarely covered the history of many of the state's other national, ethnic, racial, and religious minority groups. We would also like more articles on Native American, women's, and gay and lesbian history in Mass. as well as labor history (which we have also covered extensively in the past)..
In addition, we are seeking submissions for our new "Photo Essay" and "Teaching Resources" sections (see samples posted on our website).
Photo Essays may focus on museum exhibits or represent essays focused on the interpretation of historic photographs. Teaching Resources includes articles and lesson plans on the teaching of Massachusetts history designed especially for secondary and middle school teachers.
Articles undergo a rigorous peer review process (typically two expert reviewers and two editors read each submission). Our acceptance rate is approximately 35%.
For submission guidelines see http://www.wsc.mass.edu/mhj/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2009 TABLE OF CONTENTS
PHOTO ESSAY: The Allen Sisters: “Foremost Women Photographers in America”
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Mr. and Mrs. Prince: Courtship and Marriage in Colonial Deerfield
African American Heritage Trails: From Boston to the Berkshires
“Something Will Drop:” Socialists, Unions, and Trusts in Nineteenth-Century Holyoke
“Until Death Do Us Part”: Wills, Widows Women, and Dower in Oxford County,
Politics, Honor, and Self-Defense in Post-Revolutionary Boston: The 1806 Manslaughter Trial
“Weltering in Their Own Blood”: Puritan Casualties in King Philip’s War
Teaching the History of Education in Collaboration with a College Archive
PHOTO ESSAY: Don’t Smile for the Camera: Another Angle on Early Photography by Suzanne L.
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Massachusetts Folk Art in the 21st Century: New Immigrants Redefine Tradition
“Take Me to the Brawl Game”: Sports and Workers in Gilded Age Massachusetts
Mrs. Elizabeth Towne: Pioneering Woman in Publishing and Politics (1865-1960)
Black and Irish Relations in 19th Century Boston: The Interesting Case of Lawyer Robert
“Won’t Be Home Again”: A Lynn Grocer’s Letters from the California Gold Rush
Gentlemen and Scholars: Harvard’s History Department and the Path to Professionalization
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