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Boston: City on a Hill: An Illustrated History Hardcover – September 30, 2007
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Boston Puritans perceived themselves as a free people whose pursuit of their own self-interest could only be achieved by serving their community. See what there is to be done, urged the Reverend Richard Baxter, and do it with all your might. In Boston: City On A Hill, Alan Rogers and Lisa Rogers reveal how the character of the city and its people has been shaped by this call to action. As the city on a hill, Boston was to be a shining example of how men and women motivated by a commitment to hard work, to personal, religious, and civic reform might change the course of history. Boston proudly boasted that it was Freedom's Birthplace, the Athens of America, and the hub of the cosmos. Although the beacon has sometimes been dimmed by narrow-mindedness, racism, and political corruption, the ideals of reform and hard work have persisted. These ideals were held by the original and unified Yankee population. They were soon joined in Boston by an influx of immigrant groups that challenged the Yankees' proprietary claims on the city. This challenge has not, as the doomsayers predicted, destroyed the city and its ancient values. Instead the city has responded with vast changesnew land, peoples, buildings, ideas, and leaders have metamorphosed Boston into the thriving, variegated city that it is today. Accompanying the text are carefully researched historical and contemporary photographs and illustrations that provide an intimate glimpse of the city. A special chapter, Chronicles of Leadership, provides capsule histories of Boston businesses and organizations and details their contributions to the state. Finally, an illustrated chronology of significant events in Boston history enhances the main text and puts it all in perspective. Boston: City on a Hill is certain to be treasured and turned to again and again.
About the Author
Alan Rogers is a professor of history at Boston College where he teaches courses in United States legal and constitutional history. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and several books, including Empire and Liberty, Murder and the Death Penalty in Massachusetts, The Boston Strangler, and is the co-author of a history of the Boston Bar Association. Before arriving at Boston College, Professor Rogers taught at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Stirling, Scotland. In 1989 he was a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Indonesia. Professor Rogers was born in Hartford, Connecticut and grew up in southern California. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, from which he received B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history. He was a member of the Boston Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution and an American Historical Association Project '87 Fellow. Rogers is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and a Member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. Lisa Rogers has been an elementary school librarian in Wellesley, Massachusetts, for eight years. For nine years she was a reporter and editor at a daily newspaper in Boston's MetroWest area, covering local government, education and business. She also was a writer and editor at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, a writer and editor of a Wellesley College newsletter, and the communications director at Boston College Law School. She received her master's in library science in 2006 from Southern Connecticut State University, her M.A. in English literature from Boston College in 1986, and her B.A. in English literature from The College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1981. She was born and raised on the New Jersey shore and moved to the Boston area in 1982.