New from NEHGS!
Title: Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston by Hannah Mather Crocker
Edited by: Eileen Hunt Botting and Sarah L. Houser
Publisher: New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), Boston
Hardcover, 6 x 9, 592 pp., $39.95
Published in its entirety for the first time, Hannah Mather Crocker’s early nineteenth-century “Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston” presents a unique history of Boston and its environs from the 1620s to the 1820s. A leading women’s rights advocate and granddaughter of the Rev. Cotton Mather, Crocker provides a significant resource for women’s historians and scholars of feminist political thought.
This documentary edition comprises both versions of Crocker’s “Reminiscences” from her manuscript, which has been housed at the New England Historic Genealogical Society for more than 130 years. Her history chronicles everything from Puritan law to colonial and provincial history; the establishment of Boston churches; and Boston’s economic growth, paying special attention to women’s work and culture. Also included here is Crocker’s treasury of poetry, including a poem by Phillis Wheatley dedicated to Hannah, as well as Crocker’s appendix of related historical and literary texts. The editors have added a biographical directory of famous figures and comprehensive subject and poetry indexes.