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, June 28, 2010

Twitter Feed, 17-27 June 2010

  • Day by day @CC_1787 tweets the Constitutional Convention. (Or rt's @philly1787's tweets as last year.) Will it turn out the same? #
  • From @natlheritage, a silver platter commemorating the Battle of Bunker Hill and its Masonic connections: bit.ly/cAZGJt #
  • What 18th-century American town records look like: bit.ly/d5SNns And these are the well-kept ones! #
  • RT @gordonbelt: 650 lbs. of bronze transformed into reproduction 67-inch 18th-century cannon at Colonial Williamsburg: bit.ly/dlWZlN #
  • RT @gordonbelt: Rooms with a View: New Monticello boss opens rarely seen rooms at @TJMonticello bit.ly/b2x3st #
  • RT @2palaver: Gulf crisis highlights concerns over potential drilling off Gloucester bit.ly/91JxZq #
  • RT @56Signers: 56DaysofSigners/Hooper See #statue at #grave in #Greensboro: flic.kr/p/5RR2fN // Hooper, NC signer, grew up in Boston. #
  • Last night attended James Fichter's talk on book SO GREAT A PROFFIT about early American trade with east Asia. Tea ruled! #
  • Story of Capt John Callender's shame at Bunker Hill and redemption the following year: bit.ly/ak11IP #
  • RT @HistoryNet: 1st novel written by an American and published in America. bit.ly/atyxD3 // Was roman à clef on Boston sex scandal! #
  • Tonight attended signing by Thomas J. Fleming for reissue of NOW WE ARE ENEMIES, history of Bunker Hill. #
  • Tomorrow will head to Deerfield for Dublin Seminar on "Dressing New England: Clothing, Fashion & Identity": bit.ly/9IJdP0 #
  • Thomas Paine portrait vandalized in Daytona Beach Museum: bit.ly/aY7bd1 Random act or political statement? #
  • Ken Burchell explores origin of Thomas Paine portrait in Florida: bit.ly/92g3AN #
  • "Poetry with a Purpose" workshop for history & language arts teachers at Boston-area history sites in August: bit.ly/9TUgB2 #
  • Laying out a plot of land in 18th-c Windham, Conn.: "to a heap of stons neer walnut tree…" bit.ly/aan8Pe #
  • Smallpox in Boston in 1721 throws together two funeral gatherings, black and white: bit.ly/dta9wv #
  • RT @NewYorkHistory: Ranger Guided Evening Strolls at Saratoga Battlefield: bit.ly/bn9hYA #
  • RT @rjseaver: posted will of Elizabeth Smith (died 1758) of RI in Amanuensis Monday post - tinyurl.com/AMESmith #genealogy #
  • RT @universalhub: BPL president: Still plan to shut four branch libraries, just not at end of summer. #
  • Curly-haired angel/soul on gravestone of Pompey Brenton in Newport, RI, 1772: bit.ly/alglqN #
  • Gravestone of Adam, 12-year-old servant (slave?) who died in Newport, RI, in 1792: bit.ly/dbsI9O #
  • AP literature students have trouble recognizing that poem "The Century Quilt" reflects African-American history: bit.ly/dALZcd #
  • RT @Readex: Poetry indexed in "The Performing Arts in Colonial American Newspapers, 1690-1783." www.colonialmusic.org/ #
  • RT @history_book: Angel of Death: The Story of Smallpox - by Gareth Williams - Palgrave Macmillan. amzn.to/cxApmC #
  • RT @gordonbelt: E Pluribus Confusion: the tangled history of apportioning representation since 1787: bit.ly/clCbPT #
  • Colonial Williamsburg preparing to mold brass cannon, major 18th-c technical challenge, on 23 June: bit.ly/c26XLf #
  • Death of Revolutionary historian and memorializer Ellen Hardin Walworth in 1915: bit.ly/agYjWl #
  • RT @56Signers: 56DaysofSigners/Walton Captured signers often treated with respect befitting officers. (Not true of men from lower classes.) #
  • RT @SecondVirginia: New Book: "Books and the British Army in the Age of the American Revolution" by Ira D. Gruber fb.me/A7YpQhYk #
  • RT @jmadelman: Glad to see support for Washington's HQ in Westchester - places like this got me interested in history bit.ly/bPGuD5 #
  • Questions raised by 1766 gravestone in Lexington: bit.ly/chj70Z #
  • RT @WilliamHogeland: More on states' declaring individual independence - Smith's (@amhistorymuseum) comment: tinyurl.com/32fcc22 #
  • RT @AmerCreation: No, Mr. Beck, Jefferson Did Not Date His Documents "In the Year of Our Lord Christ" nblo.gs/5abnZ #
  • RT @amhistorymuseum: 1776 one-shilling bill "emitted by a Law of the Colony of New Jersey." ow.ly/22RIX #
  • At Boston1775 blog, do folks want a more detailed analysis of this gun? bit.ly/drCSYU (Not by me; by someone who knows something.) #
  • Harvard has appointed Annette Gordon-Reed, scholar of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, a professor of law and history. #
  • Call for papers from Boston's newly formed North End Historical Society: bit.ly/bLQhcg #
  • Rediscovering Sgt. Horatio J. Homer, Boston's first black police officer, on force from 1878 to 1919: bit.ly/b9dNJo #
  • RT @history_book: The Hanoverian Dimension in British History, 1714-1837 - Cambridge University Press. bit.ly/cHH0r4 // Dimension? #
  • RT @history_book: Heroes of Invention: Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, 1750-1914 - by Christine MacLeod amzn.to/9k1fJN #
  • Expert doubts photograph of enslaved children announced weeks back: bit.ly/cOvmLK Most likely post-Civil War plantation nostalgia #
  • Eyewitness accounts of George Washington's visit to (progress thru?) Boston in 1789: bit.ly/aYVQ50 #

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