One of the original thirteen colonies and among the oldest settlements in the United States, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has long enjoyed cultural and political significance. As the “Cradle of Liberty,” Boston was home of many of the agitators who presaged the Revolutionary War; the Industrial Revolution in the United States began in Lowell and Springfield; the transcendentalist and abolitionist movements of the 19th century centered around Massachusetts; and the Pioneer Valley was home not only to the Reformed Puritan pastor Jonathan Edwards, ...

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