Friday, November 30, 2012

Show Notes - A New England Town with Ken Lockridge

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 29 November 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Prof. Kenneth A. Lockridge, author of A New England Town: The First Hundred Years.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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You can learn more about Ken Lockridge from his staff page in the history department at the University of Montana.

Following are specific notes from the discussion:

The two books that host Marian Pierre-Louis found to be very influential include:
In Small Things Forgotten by James Deetz 
The Mid-Wife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
New England Towns

A New England Town: The First Hundred Years was published in 1970 and is still available through various book sellers such as

Four influential early New England town studies were published in the early 1970s. They include:
A New England Town: The First Hundred Years by Kenneth A. Lockridge
A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony by John Demos
Peacable Kingdoms: New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century by Michael Zuckerman
Four Generations: Population Land, and Family in Colonial Andover, Massachusetts by Philip J. Greven Jr.

These books should all be readily available from your local library network.

A panel discussing the importance of these books was held at the 2010 American History Association conference in San Diego. The panelists included all four authors above. A synopsis of that discussion was written by attendee Eric Miller.

Professor Lockridge's specific fields of interest include:

Early American History, 1607-1830
The American Revolution and its Cultural Consequences, 1765-1998
Native American History, 1600-1800
Literacy, Reading, and the Book, 1600-1800
Gender History, 1690-1830
Swedish Social and Demographic History, 1750-1920

Gustavus Hesselius

Ken talked about Gustavus Hesselius and his accurate and sympathetic paintings of Native Americans. The specific article he was referring to was "Overcoming Nausea: The Brothers Hesselius and the American Mystery." This article is available on the Common-place website. Color images of the paintings are available in that article.

A revised version of the same article with substantial new research is found in English Atlantics Revisited edited by Nancy Rhoden (McGill-Queens University Press, 2007)

Declining Fertility Rates

Further information on this topic can be found in:

Family Patterns in Nineteenth Century Sweden with Bobbi Low and Alice Clarke, published by the Demographic Database, Umeå, Sweden, 1992.

“Toward an Ecological Demography,” with B. Low and A. Clarke, Population and Development Review, 18, 1 (March 1992), 1-32.

     “Sally Has Been Sick: Pregnancy and Family Limitation Among Virginia Gentry Women, 1780-1840,” with Jan    
       Lewis, based on a paper delivered at the 1986 meeting of the American Historical Association, submitted by request 
       to the Journal of Social History, and published Fall, 1988.  Reprinted in Mother and Motherhood, Readings in
American Women’s History, ed. Janet Golden, Ohio State University Press, 1997, and in Family and Society in American History, Joseph A. Hawes and Elizabeth I. Nybakken, eds. (Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 2001.)

The Fertility Transition in Sweden: The Evidence of Smaller Geographic Units, 1805-1890.  Demographic Database, Umeå, Sweden, 1983.  A summary version was printed in the Proceedings of the Nordic Demographic Conference, Sweden, 1983.

Translating Swedish Civil War book

Ken is currently translating a work from Swedish:

Translation of Åke Sandström, A War Within the Civil War: Colonel Oscar Malmborg and the Men of the     55th  Illinois Infantry.

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  1. There was another book briefly mentioned. It had to do with the roots of conservative politics in America; may have mentioned Wal-Mart in the title?

    1. Yes, there was a book mentioned about WalMart that was written by a student of Ken's. Let me have a listen to that section again and see if I can find the author for you.

    2. Christine,

      The book Ken referred to is "To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise" by Bethany Moreton.

      Here's a tiny url that will take you to the book on Amazon -

  2. I've done a bit of searching, but could not come up for any book or reference to Ken's mention of Reese Isaac re the cultural consequences of the American Revolution. It was mentioned in the section on taxes. Perhaps my notes are inaccurate.

    1. Let me check into this and see what I can find out. If I come up empty I will email Ken and ask him. I'll let you know as soon as I can.