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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Thursday, July 24, 2008

“Creative and Provocative Analysis”

H-Childhood, the H-Net email list about the history of childhood, has just distributed a review of Children in Colonial America by Prof. Gail S. Murray of Rhodes College in Memphis. The review will eventually be has now been archived at the H-Net website, when you can confirm that she wrote:

The strength of the collection, however, is the way it expands one’s thinking about colonial America, a society dominated numerically by those under the age of twenty. . . .

Marten took care to include studies of the mix of peoples populating colonial America. . . . More familiar British-American childhoods also receive creative and provocative analysis, as in J. L. Bells’s [sic] “From Saucy Boys to Sons of Liberty” and Darcy R. Fryer’s exploration of “Growing Up Rich in Eighteenth-Century South Carolina.”
Also, I missed it at the time because I wasn’t yet reading Philobiblos and it unaccountably didn’t include my name, but in March 2007 Jeremy Dibbell called the book “A useful, current and largely impressive anthology on an under-studied topic.”

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