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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Friday, April 11, 2008

“We was alarmed with a violent Skreeming”

For today’s dose of primary-source material, interesting analysis, and commentary, just hop over to Vast Public Indifference’s discussion of Elizabeth Murray, her school for girls in mid-1700s Boston, and how her business protegées the Cumings sisters reacted to political violence right outside their shop window. Excellent stuff.

Murray was an expert in needlework, but her school went well beyond that subject. And speaking of needlework, the antiques broker who blogs under the name Maine Cliff Dweller had a lot to say last year about collecting eighteenth-century embroidery, including the shepherdess to the right.

Off with you now. See you tomorrow.

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