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, March 25, 2010

Twitter Feed, 15-24 Mar 2010

  • RT @history_book: The Showman & the Slave: Race, Death & Memory in Barnum's America j.mp/c7VWQ7 // George Washington's nurse? #
  • Washington Irving finishes biography of the President he was named for: bit.ly/aBtbun #
  • Private, for-profit education companies get most funding from public while public universities depend on private funds: bit.ly/bDzArG #
  • Gravestone of Polly Harris, Charlestown, d 1787: bit.ly/aWZxVz #
  • Connecticut's Ralph Earl painted charming portraits of kids in early republic: bit.ly/aQvk06 #
  • The death of British sergeant David Stuart in 1780: bit.ly/cVhQRK #
  • A glimpse of war between Connecticut and Pennsylvania: bit.ly/bF4KBO #
  • RT @KateMessner: So awesome! RT @SaundraMitchell Remains of 1730s French fort found on shores of Lake Champlain. tinyurl.com/ya72rlf #
  • RT @amhistorymuseum Today in 1767: President Andrew Jackson born in Waxhaw, SC. His uniform coat: ow.ly/1li2N #
  • RT @Thos_Jefferson: For more on my religious beliefs, visit the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia entry at ow.ly/1mViy #
  • RT @Thos_Jefferson: Sorry @LtGovAndreBauer: "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results..." is not by Jefferson. #
  • Report on open-hearth cooking class, 1830s style: bit.ly/d8oQk3 #
  • C-SPAN archive on Boston lectures about J & A Adams, Jefferson, and Washington: bit.ly/cPzlqc #
  • Richard Brookhiser on the Adams cousins, why Samuel wanted John to defend Boston Massacre soldiers: bit.ly/8XOL1R #
  • Brookhiser got substance right, timing wrong. Boston elected John Adams representative BEFORE soldiers' trial, tho after he took case. #
  • Gen. Washington, disputes over rank among Continental officers, land speculation, and new republican values: bit.ly/cHRTQ4 #
  • RT @Gozaic: Check out the photos! RT @tudorplace: 18th century double barreled pistol found during dig! bit.ly/cl9Geh #
  • RT @halseanderson: ::dons Linguistic Superiority Hat:: Today's word is "tatterdemalion". Used by Brit officer to describe Patriot soldiers. #
  • Photos of what heavy rain did at Minute Man Natl Park: bit.ly/9s0ELa #
  • From 1804, Ching's Patent Worm Lozenges: bit.ly/b2oMtp Apparently they healed just about as good as they sound. #
  • Recounting effort to recreate Mary Goddard's 1777 printing of the Declaration of Independence: bit.ly/bJxn8w #
  • RT @amhistorymuseum: Who sewed the flag that inspired our national anthem? Hint: It wasn't Betsy Ross! ow.ly/1n26T #
  • RT @SecondVirginia: 3/17/1780: to honor Ireland @GeoWashington declares that "all fatigue and working parties cease": cot.ag/b9mBAZ #
  • Sample of @bostonhistory's school programs in greater Boston: bit.ly/9mnapJ #
  • Historian Jill Lepore and NEH chair Jim Leach (ex-R-IA) discuss political civility at AAS in Worcester, 14 Apr: bit.ly/9L0ZT7 #
  • RT @LooknBackward: Happy Evacuation Day! bit.ly/a9u5O7 // (Tho harbor engraving actually shows British troops arriving in Oct 1768.) #
  • RT @inhuggermugger: Today in 1737, Charitable Irish Society of Boston creates 1st public celebration of Saint Patrick's Day in America. #
  • RT @gerryconway: Reading "What God Hath Wrought" about America 1812-48; struck by how little politics has changed. Ignorance and fear rule. #
  • RT @amhistorymuseum: Gotten your census survey? Census records are a key source for learning about the past. See why! ow.ly/1n8Xn #
  • Robert Gross, 3/17: It wasn't taxation without representation that made men of Concord revolt in 1775; it was losing their charter rights. #
  • RT @RagLinen: New Rag Linen blog post: Colonial Newspapers, Unsung Heroes of the American Revolution - tinyurl.com/ybbst4n #
  • Presenting himself as history buff on FRESH AIR, political adivsor Karl Rove calls James Callender "Cadwallader." Oops. #
  • Revolutionary news feed and word-a-day iPhone apps from Colonial Williamsburg: bit.ly/avx3Gn I can't use 'em; maybe you can. #
  • Robert Mitchell, 3/17: To understand strategic importance of Dorchester Heights, look at colonial Boston's deep-water shipping channel. #
  • Alex Goldfeld, 3/18: Blacks in North End probably had religious meetings BEFORE Rev Cotton Mather got involved. bit.ly/d71t5V #
  • Abigail Adams bio by Woody Holton wins Bancroft Prize: bit.ly/9De9ij #
  • RT @history_book: Rhode Island's Founders: From Settlement to Statehood - Patrick T. Conley tinyurl.com/yl4kda6 #
  • Brad Pasley at Common-Place suggests Texas schoolbook board has redeemed Thomas Jefferson as a hero for the left: bit.ly/9zGzQC #
  • Some 1700s gravestones are touching. Some are elegant. Some just have…character. bit.ly/aG8BXv bit.ly/c2yhb6 #
  • RT @TAHVT: American Revolution: K-12 lesson plans & classroom projects bit.ly/4txnlR #historyteachers #resources #education #
  • Robert Darnton at NY REVIEW OF BOOKS sees blogs in 18th-century newspaper form: bit.ly/bOaWVJ #
  • RT @NPSEducation: It survived the Great Fire of Boston in 1760 while 349 other buildings fell. What is it? ow.ly/1o0hV #
  • RT @wceberly: 232 yrs ago, 20 Mar 1778, Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane & Arthur Lee meet Louis XVI as reps of US bit.ly/a2g3a5 #
  • .@lucyinglis Sounds like your witness to London poverty was Dr John Coakley Lettsom. His Boston connection: bit.ly/66z7jg #
  • Open house at the treasure-filled Massachusetts Historical Society, 27 March: bit.ly/dtBXqc #
  • 11-year-old Hannah Ruggles's gravestone from 1742: bit.ly/ceEgav #
  • From Ted Widmer in the BOSTON GLOBE, "How Haiti Saved America" in the Revolutionary War: bit.ly/cmkgzk #
  • Visiting 18th-century London's museum of anatomical curiosities: bit.ly/cM2AQM #
  • Collection of British letters from American War going on the auction block: nyti.ms/aNnAN2 #
  • The dark and the light in Georgian London: bit.ly/akv9Rj Boston got its first street lamps in 1774, lit with whale oil. #
  • William Caslon, leading typographer of 18th-century British Empire: bit.ly/dmtJUs Modern types: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caslon #
  • Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty" speech as a literary creation: bit.ly/aws8sv #
  • Levi Ames's life as a burglar in colonial Boston: bit.ly/cgO5z1 Levi Ames's afterlife: bit.ly/bJOetw #
  • RT @history_book: The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare: A Tale of Forgery and Folly - by Doug Stewart - Da Capo Press. bit.ly/dnVKkx #
  • Damian Wayne gets genealogical—at least at @SHORTPACKED: bit.ly/bWKmiy #
  • Mass Historial Socy's exhibit "War Through the Eyes of the Adams Women" includes Abigail Adams's report on Bunker Hill: bit.ly/8YD6fM #
  • Author in 1797 London arguing astronomy and natural sciences were proper subjects for girls: bit.ly/9Bte9q Of course, she would. #
  • BOSTON GLOBE slide show of historic documents up for auction: bit.ly/9tAP0d GLOBE's background story: bit.ly/aPEAFE #
  • Joel Barlow, poet of Revolutionary generation: bit.ly/aIh42O Later formed Paris ménage with wife & steamboat engineer Robert Fulton. #
  • Community meetings on the Boston Public Library's budget straits: bit.ly/cu7nQ2 #
  • RT @wceberly: 24 Mar 1765, Parliament passes Quartering Act bit.ly/9vmDvb // Common myth versus reality. #
  • RT @OspreyRich: V Davis Hanson contrasts collapse of mil hist in academe with interest from ordinary Americans - ow.ly/1qduY #
  • RT @wceberly: Crown Point, NY; Stone foundation discovered next to old Champlain Bridge could be small fort from 1731 bit.ly/bYpx9l #

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