Vol. 18 No. 1 : Winter 2018


Arthur Mervyn, Bankrupt

An eighteenth-century novel explores how American society handles the collateral damage of capitalism—and who deserves a second chance.

Jane Clark: A Newly Available Slave Narrative

Penned in 1897 by Julia C. Ferris, a white teacher and local educational leader, the manuscript narrates portions of the life of Jane Clark, an enslaved woman who escaped to Auburn in 1859. This narrative, rich with information about the Underground Railroad, has never been available to scholars, teachers, and lay readers—until now.

The Next Debate Over Remembrance? 

To plan for the observation of the events central to the history of seventeenth-century New England, a partnership of organizations and individuals was formed as New England Beginnings in 2015.


Bloody Engagements

As Grasso explains in his introduction, Kelso became a “preacher and schoolteacher turned Civil War guerrilla fighter who subsequently became a congressman calling for the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, then later a public agnostic, a spiritualist lecturer, and eventually an anarchist.”

Marriage under Adversity

This timely piece of work reminds us that the rights we sometimes take for granted have not always been available to all.

The Common School

#RememberTheLadies: Teaching the Correspondence of John and Abigail Adams in the Age of Social Media

Translating John and Abigail’s correspondence into contemporary social media posts prompted students to look outward and consider the continuities and discontinuities between past and present social media.

Object Lessons

Natural History in Two Dimensions 

Sponsored by The Chipstone Foundation.

What can making now tell us about the past? Or should the past remain untouched? 

Web Library

The Feminist Forebears of Affective Design

A critical awareness of the process of working, and sometimes failing, to conceptualize history and its possible futures, says Klein, is what the humanities can offer data visualization.