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, October 23, 2008

New England Historical Association, 25 Oct 2008

Here’s the schedule for this Saturday’s meeting of the New England Historical Association, at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. I’m giving a paper in seesion 8:

Students, Soldiers and Exiles—Experiences of the American Revolution

Chair: Robert Imholt, Albertus Magnus College
  • J. L. Bell, “Latin School Gentlemen in Revolutionary Times: The Culture of Boston’s South Latin School under the Lovells”
  • Greg Walsh, Boston College, “‘We Want Men, Not Money’: Military Service in Revolutionary Essex County, New Jersey”
  • Emily Iggulden, University of New Hampshire, “America’s Internal Exiles: ‘Disloyal Citizens’ or ‘Illegal Aliens’: The Loyalists and American Citizenship, 1783-1790”
  • Comment: Jim Leamon, emeritus Bates College
Other papers on the Revolutionary period include Jess Parr’s “Patriot or Pilferer? Privateers and the Bounds of Republican Virtue in Revolutionary Massachusetts,” and Harvey Whitfield’s “New England Migrations and Slavery in Maritime Canada to 1783.”

Jeremy Dibbell of the Massachusetts Historical Society and Philobiblos is speaking on “John Eliot’s Indian Bible: The Provenance of Certain Surviving Copies,” in a session with Melissane Parm Schrems (“Preaching to the Converted: Gideon Hawley and the Re-construction of Eighteenth-century Mashpee Identity”) and Cheryl Boots (“Eighteenth-Century Indian Community and the Cultural Work of Protestant Hymns”).

As you can tell from the wide range of topics on the program, N.E.H.A. isn’t devoted to New England history, but rather provides a forum for discussing history of all periods by people who happen to be in New England.

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