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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Monday, March 16, 2009

“Wigmaker’s Boy” from AppleSeeds

A Boston 1775 reader asked me about my article “The Wigmaker’s Boy and the Boston Massacre,” which appeared in this issue of AppleSeeds magazine, on the theme of “Growing Up in the American Revolution.”

The article described the confrontation between apprentice Edward Garrick and Pvt. Hugh White, sentry outside the Customs House on 5 Mar 1770. It’s only a couple of pages, but I tried to capture, using period sources, how the encounter gradually grew violent because neither person would back off.

I’ve heard that this children’s magazine company has been squeezed by the financial default of a major distributor, so I’m posting the link and encouraging educators to consider buying copies of the magazine. AppleSeeds also published my work in its issue on Paul Revere. Each issue comes with web-based teacher’s resources.

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