Welcome to the HistoryofMassachusetts.org! I’m Rebecca Beatrice Brooks and I’m grateful that you took the time to visit my site.
The History of Massachusetts is a blog about the history of my home state of Massachusetts. It covers centuries of Massachusetts history, from the 17th century to the present day.
The goal of The History of Massachusetts is to give readers thorough, detailed and hard-to-find historical facts and information.
The blog focuses heavily on firsthand accounts and reports from the primary sources to help give readers a clearer understanding of the events and the people involved.
Many historical facts are often lost or distorted over time, so the History of Massachusetts aims to clear up any misinformation and myths.
The blog is owned and operated entirely by me, Rebecca. I write, research and edit all the articles myself. I’m a freelance journalist, history nerd and a Massachusetts native from the North Shore area. I grew up in Salisbury, Massachusetts and spent a lot of time exploring and learning about the state, particularly Boston and the North Shore. I attended a small college in Boston before I transferred to the University of New Hampshire where I earned a B.A. in English/Journalism.
I got my start in journalism working at numerous small-town newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I’ve always wanted to write about history but never got the chance while working in the news industry.
Reporting on the news was not exactly my kind of thing but it was, at the time, a necessary first step to a career in journalism. The problem was when I graduated college, the newspaper industry was already dying and there weren’t a whole lot of job opportunities. The jobs that I did manage to get weren’t a great fit for me (I’m a slow writer and a bad ambulance chaser, which are two traits that will not serve you well in the news industry.) As a result, I was very frustrated.
Then around 2010, I discovered there was a huge demand for content writers online. After dabbling in this for a while I realized that a lot of the clients I was working for were hiring writers so they could use their work to build blogs and websites. It was then that I put two and two together and decided to work for myself and create my own blog.
Growing up in New England I was always fascinated by the history of the area. In the early 2000s, I started tracing my family tree and discovered my New England roots ran deep and I had several generations of ancestors who participated in everything from the building of the Boston subway to the American Revolution as well as the Great Puritan Migration in the 17th century.
This only deepened my interest in the history of my home state. So when it came time to decide what I should start a blog about, Massachusetts history was the obvious choice. Since then I’ve started several other blogs but the History of Massachusetts has been, and always will be, my pride and joy.
That’s my story and I hope it gives you a better idea of who I am. I hope all of you are enjoying reading the blog as much as I am writing it. Thanks for visiting!
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