The Story Of The Lowells Of Massachusetts

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A section of downtown Lowell on Jan. 25, 1985 (Sean Kardon/AP)
A section of downtown Lowell on Jan. 25, 1985 (Sean Kardon/AP)

If you look back into the history of any New England family, you will probably find some combination of the following: farmers, ministers, spinsters, academics, writers and soldiers.

However, when that family is the Lowells, the list also includes: college presidents, abolitionists, lawyers, inventors, astronomers, factory owners and Pulitzer Prize-winning poets -- highlighting all of the positive, and negative, sides of American history.

Author Nina Sankovitch tells the story of the venerable Massachusetts family, from their arrival in the 1600s to the 20th century, in her fascinating new book, "The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family."

Nina will be at the Concord Bookshop on May 7 and the Harvard Bookstore on May 12


Nina Sankovitchauthor of "The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family." She tweets @readallday.

This article was originally published on April 27, 2017.

This segment aired on April 27, 2017.


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