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  • Lobster
  • Oysters
  • Corn Muffin
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Boston Cream Pie
  • Boston Creme
  • Cod
  • Clam Chowder
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  • Baked Beans
  • Bulkie Rolls
  • Roast Beef
  • Apples
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  • Chocolate Chip Cookie




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  1. In the early 20th century, a number of African Americans immigrated to Massachusetts, although in somewhat fewer numbers than many other Northern states.

  2. The works of abolitionists contributed to subsequent actions of the state during the Civil War. Massachusetts was the first state to recruit, train, and arm a Black regiment with White officers, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The Robert Gould Shaw Memorial in Boston Common contains a relief depicting the 54th regiment.

  3. The Lowell National Historical Park, which focuses on some of the earliest mills and canals of the industrial revolution in the US, the Black Heritage Trail in Boston, which includes important African-American and abolitionist sites in Boston, and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park all showcase various periods of the commonwealth's history.

  4. Tanglewood, in western Massachusetts, is a music venue that is home to both the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Tanglewood Jazz Festival.

  5. The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Massachusetts' gross state product in 2008 was US$365 billion. The per capita personal income in 2008 was $50,735, making it the third highest state in the nation.

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Oct. 4: Clark University to host talk, book discussion on history of Atlantic slave trade and loss of ‘home’

Saidiya Hartman
Saidiya Hartman

WORCESTER, MassClark University will host Saidiya Hartman, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, for a reading and conversation about her book “Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, in the Higgins Lounge on the 2nd Floor of Dana Commons. This free, public event is part of the Higgins School of Humanities’ fall dialogue symposium, Home (De) Constructed. It is also part of our on-going African American Intellectual Culture Lecture Series.

Hartman’s book traces both the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. In it, she follows the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, reckons with a virtual ‘blank slate’ of her own genealogy and examines the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history. The slave, Hartman observes, is “a stranger—torn from family, home, and country.”

A book review published in the New York Times states that the author “makes us feel the horror of the African slave trade, by playing with our sense of scale, by measuring the immense destruction and displacement through its impact on vivid, imperfect, flesh-and-blood individuals.”

Hartman’s research interests include African American and American literature and cultural history, slavery, law and literature, gender studies and performance studies. She is on the editorial board of Callaloo, a journal of African diaspora arts and letters. She has been awarded numerous fellowships through the Fulbright Program, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the University of California. She is also author of “Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth Century America.” Hartman has published essays on photography, film and feminism.

This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Office of the Provost, the Bland-Lee Fund of the Department of History, and Clark’s new Concentration in Africana Studies. For more information, call 508-793-7479.

Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences.

Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge convention. Change our world.


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Preserving African American History in Boston.
In this lecture and Question and Answer Session, Openly Gay Stand Up Comedian Sampson tackles the issues of race, sexuality and gender for the 2011 Black History Month Lecture Series at Cambridge Ridge & Latin High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Blacks in Mass. Schools Outperforming U.S. Peers.
Demographics of Massachusetts
By Race White Black American Indian Asian Hispanic
total population 82.7% 6.1% 0.2% 4.8% 8.3%

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Quick Facts:
  1. Massachusetts ranks #7 as best states to live.  Source

  2. Percentage of black-owned firms, 2.3%

  3. 52.7% of Bay Staters are female and 47.2% are male.

State Symbols:

Massachusetts Flag
The Flag of the State of Massachusetts

  • Flower - Mayflower
  • Bird - Chickadee
  • Song - “All Hail to Massachusetts”
  • Tree - American Elm
  • Insect - Ladybug
  • Beverage - Cranberry Juice
  • Cookie - Chocolate Chip
  • Muffin - Corn Muffin
  • Dessert - Boston Cream Pie

    Nickname: The Bay State
    Motto(s): Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (Latin)
    Capital: Boston

5 Largest Cities:
  1. Boston
  2. Worcester
  3. Springfield
  4. Lowell
  5. Cambridge

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