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, March 04, 2009

Moran on Isaiah Thomas at Lexington, 7 March

Before going into the Old State House for the dramatic reenactment of the Boston Massacre this Saturday evening, you can check out a free lecture at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington.

“Diverting the Design of Murder and Robbery: Isaiah Thomas, the Press and the Founding of America”

James David Moran, Director of Outreach at the American Antiquarian Society, will use Isaiah Thomas’ account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord to examine this publisher and Freemason’s role as a colonial printer within the larger context of growing resistance to British rule.
(The National Heritage Museum is, you see, a Masonic institution.)

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