The July 2006 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly arrived this week, containing several items pertinent to Revolutionary Boston. But unfortunately you can't read them online unless you or your sponsoring library subscribes to the William and Mary Quarterly. Which kind of negates the point.
(I would never, of course, reveal that a 2004 manuscript of Michael P. Winship's lead article on "Godly Republicanism and the Massachusetts Polity" can be downloaded in PDF form here until the seminar series sponsor cleans up the old files on its site.)
However, the journal's book reviews are available online as PDF files, and here are those that touch on Revolutionary New England:
- Holly Brewer, By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority, and Nancy Hathaway Steenburg, Children and the Criminal Law in Connecticut, 1635–1855: Changing Perceptions of Childhood (joint review with a book on children's legal status in Peru).
- E. Jennifer Monaghan, Learning to Read and Write in Colonial America. Monaghan's 1987 article on Boston's writing schools has been very useful for me, and it looks like this book sums up her findings on many types of colonial literacy education.
- Jennifer J. Baker, Securing the Commonwealth: Debt, Speculation, and Writing in the Making of Early America. Includes a reading of the plays of Royall Tyler.
- Peter C. Messer, Stories of Independence: Identity, Ideology, and History in Eighteenth-Century America.
- Alfred F. Young, Masquerade: The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier. An unusually detailed biography of an unusual, non-elite woman.
- Cassandra Pybus, Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty. There are links to the New Yorker review and a Pybus public lecture in this post.
- Bernard L. Herman, Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780–1830.
- Mary Beth Sievens, Stray Wives: Marital Conflict in Early National New England.