After an irritatingly persistent illness, I’m getting back into action:
- Researchers at Northeastern report high rates of segregation of Hispanic students in the Springfield, Boston, Hartford, and Providence metro areas. All four are in the top ten nationwide, and Springfield also makes the top-ten list for segregation of African American students. “Overall,” the Globe reports, “metropolitan areas in the Northeast and Midwest dominated the rankings for the most segregated schools — the repercussions of segregated housing patterns and centuries-old practices of school districts run mostly by individual cities and towns, rather than by counties, the authors said.” The full report is available here.
- Digging into that past in the Globe, Francie Latour surveys the ongoing efforts to raise public awareness of New England’s history of slavery. Her bibliography: Anne Farrow et al., Complicity; Joanne Pope Melish, Disowning Slavery; Elise Lemire, Black Walden; C.S. Manegold, Ten Hills Farm; and Katrina Browne’s documentary Traces of the Trade. No mention of 1776: “Who sails the ships out of Boston, laden with Bibles and rum?”
- The Harvard Law Library has digitized the records of the New England Watch and Ward Society–finding aid here. And although of somewhat less specific regional interest, the New England Journal of Medicine has digitized its archives.
- The Associated Press reports on that regional gaming industry conference I mentioned in an earlier roundup.
- An overview of medical marijuana in New England, from the Providence Journal.