J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Samuel Adams: for one day only?

Blogger has apparently lost the carefully researched, wittily written entry on schoolyard insults that I prepared for today, so I'm taking advantage of a timely message from Al Young that the American National Biography's website's free entry for the day is about Samuel Adams, written by MIT history professor Pauline Maier. Maier's essay collection The Old Revolutionaries contains a clear-eyed assessment of Adams, free of the caricatures that dominated popular writing about him in the mid- to late 20th century.

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