The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Susan J. Tracy

Susan J. Tracy, professor of history and American studies at Hampshire College, received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University. Her primary interests are in American social and intellectual history, particularly labor history; Afro-American history; and women's history. She has taught United States history and women's studies courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Mill, Mountain, River: A Child’s View of Olde Coleraine

If you were a child living in Coleraine, Massachusetts, from 1840 to 1890, you would have been a witness to and a participant in America’s industrial revolution. Though the production of apples, honey, and maple syrup would continue to dominate the local farm economy, in 1828 Joseph Griswold, a native of Buckland, impressed by the industries he observed in the West, determined to create an industrial future for his family and community.