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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Friday, July 16, 2010

Twitter Feed, 4-14 July 2010

  • Snopes on legend of John Hancock's comments on signing Declaration of Independence: bit.ly/abUIYh #
  • Did English Civil War prefigure the American Revolution? Oped from NY TIMES: nyti.ms/aCpq5z #
  • Rather silly essay by Joe Queenan on adages in POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAC: nyti.ms/dmYAA0 Sayings were cribbed from books to fill space. #
  • Visiting Bunker Hill Monument with NY TIMES: nyti.ms/9KUGBJ (Note that URL says "Labor Day".) #
  • New COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG JOURNAL covers crafts, livestock, Wythe, George III, wars with Natives & ice cream: bit.ly/9LugN7 #
  • More historical American ice cream: bit.ly/bKOMfu #
  • AXE COP comic, co-created by six-year-old boy and twentysomething brother, visits the Revolutionary War: bit.ly/aIzmnf #
  • RT @PennyInkwell: Hampton archeological dig uncovers 18th-century structure: (06/25/2010) bit.ly/cjMnI6 #
  • RT @TheOnion: Man Who Fought For Americans' Rights Demands Americans Stop Exercising Their Rights onion.com/aPXW3K #
  • RT @56Signers: 56DaysofSigners/#Jefferson watches anxiously as his words edited by #Congress. 86 changes l8r, doc adopted. #july4 #
  • RT @Deborahkops: The real Betsy Ross was much more interesting than the demure woman in history books. tinyurl.com/24av5rd #
  • BOSTON GLOBE on Freedom Trail Foundation's new "changing of guard" ceremony: bit.ly/df7FrX (Bayonets yay! Beards bah!) #
  • Sam Haselby in BOSTON GLOBE on turning Founding Fathers into legends: bit.ly/dtJk43 #
  • New self-published historical fantasy for kids set in Boston, April 1775: SHADOW FOX: SONS OF LIBERTY – bit.ly/9ZAcP6 #
  • American Independence Museum in Exeter, NH, wants people to come north: bit.ly/bpHMhc #
  • Follow the archeological excavations at Munroe Tavern in Lexington thru UMass Boston's Fiske Center: bit.ly/9OsHC2 #
  • Boston's Museum of Fine Arts hanging Copleys, arranging silver for reopening wing in Nov 2010—hard to wait that long! bit.ly/cEmEjH #
  • Four Cambridge, Mass., historical organizations invite researchers to tour their archives this month: bit.ly/cQYPhQ #
  • Exhibit and sale in Newport to benefit Historic New England includes Copley pastel portrait of "Lady Temple": bit.ly/bT73gB #
  • Marriage of Whig merchant James Bowdoin's daughter Elizabeth to royal official Sir John Temple a huge deal in Revolutionary Boston politics. #
  • After marriage Temple took side of Boston merchants, angered fellow Customs Commissioners, leaked sensitive documents to Franklin. #
  • RT @amhistorymuseum: Today in 1789: US intros tax on imported sugar: 1¢/lb on brown, 3¢/ refined white. Sugar standards: ow.ly/26G1P #
  • RT @larrycebula: Patriotic blogging with a dash of #Deism: bit.ly/aRfPsv #twitterstorian #history #jefferson #4thofJuly #
  • RT @larrycebula: Atlas of Historical County Boundaries shows boundary changes of every US county 1600s to 2000: bit.ly/4V7ALf #
  • RT @lynneguist: names for the war that tore us asunder [that would be US Revolution], plus an aside on barbecue: bit.ly/aWMjX8 #
  • Okay, these #comics I have to read: JERRY DRUMMER, BOY HERO OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR: bit.ly/9jrh8g Only three issues, after all. #
  • From Foreign Policy Research Institute, Harvey Sucherman's "Benjamin Franklin & Traditions of American Diplomacy": bit.ly/9iFzHx #
  • From Drexel, Morgan Meis discusses the balance he sees within the Declaration of Independence: bit.ly/cJkd2H #
  • RT @56Signers: 56DaysofSigners/Hancock boyhood home still exists: bit.ly/90i2DY #americanhistory // Also his domicile on 18 Apr 1775 #
  • RT @history_book: The Making of the British Army - by Allan Mallinson - Bantam Press. amzn.to/cTa8Z6 #
  • RT @classroomtools: @Aaron_Eyle r #History link to 2003 BBC broadcast "What if the US had lost the Revolutionary War?" bit.ly/ddEdeU #
  • Speaking up for Gen Horatio Gates, buried (somewhere) in NY's Trinity Church cemetery: nyti.ms/dq7uri #
  • From @lucyinglis, Wedgwood Museum's fate up in the air: bit.ly/drmvB6 #
  • RT @HeritageMuse: Transcription of 1775 authorization to raise the Nova Scotia Volunteers regiment bit.ly/b8tUmb #
  • RT @HeritageMuse: 1784 order from Gov John Parr to lay out grants in Ship Harbour, NS. Includes grantees bit.ly/cBRZzw #
  • RT @HeritageMuse: 1783 permission for Black Loyalist John Williams to go to "Nova Scotia, or wherever else" bit.ly/ajeHDQ #
  • From @seaheff, George Washington & Benedict Arnold working out differences as superheroes do, thru personal violence: bit.ly/ajdvKW #
  • RT @bostonhistory: John Singleton Copley and the Boston Tea Party. tinyurl.com/32o3t4r #
  • RT @bostonhistory: Paul Revere House Sat, 31 July, 1-4 pm - Copper Plate Printing Demo by Gary Gregory. tinyurl.com/2dxbm9j #history #
  • Chris Rodda discusses lies, damned lies, and statistics on the founding generation from David Barton: bit.ly/b9QGeY #
  • When did early American parents name their children? Vast Public Indifference seeks clues in gravestones: bit.ly/chdgJj #
  • There, I Fixed It's visual analysis of Thomas Jefferson's "subjects/citizens" editing in the Declaration: bit.ly/a0SWZz #
  • Grateful to Dedham Library staff for helping me find misfiled town directory/history from 1889 this afternoon. Too bad it was a dead end. #
  • RT @history_geek: Manuscript delights, 1729: Under the Wings of your generous Indulgence ow.ly/26MXK // Or, sucking up to a patron. #
  • .@JBD1: at work, helping clean up after a downpour caused some flooding. // Yikes. I shouldn't have wished so hard the weather would break. #
  • RT @universalhub: Nobody can tell poor tourist Boston Massacre site bit.ly/9KEpLI // Well, the official spot IS in middle of street. #
  • RT @historyfaculty: RT @myHNN: Montpelier begins slave site excavation bit.ly/cJqOPM // That's the James Madison one, not Vermont. #
  • RT @2palaver: Graveyards of New England uniquely anchored in history bit.ly/cI9IIf // aka Indianan finds New England historic. #
  • RT @gordonbelt: What Would George Washington Do? Esquire editor follows 110 Rules of Civility too closely for comfort: bit.ly/2Qbafn #
  • Discussion of 18th-century British men's facial hair sparks conversations among #comics artists, historical reenactors: bit.ly/cfGnlD #
  • RT @56Signers: 56DaysofSigners/Clark suffers sunstroke 1794 watching men build bridge on his property. Rushed home. Lay down. Died. 68yo. #
  • RT @TheFreedomTrail: 1776 - Abigail Adams responds to John's letters and copy of the declaration. "Nor am I... bit.ly/9xkt0S #
  • RT @bostonathenaeum: The Great Places in Massachusetts Commission today released a list of sites to visit. fb.me/EjtWBgmT #
  • Boston cathedral relic of true cross missing: bit.ly/9VjgC3 Brought to Boston in 1788 by French priest who was a bit of a con man. #
  • RT @CapitolHistory: Today in 1798 the Sedition Act outlawed "false, scandalous, and malicious writing" against the government #
  • BOSTON GLOBE tries a citywide book-discussion. Today is last day of voting on title: bit.ly/cojwRc (No JOHNNY TREMAIN on list) #
  • Gravestone in Marblehead for two of Gen. John Glover's children who died at age 1: bit.ly/b0muIo #
  • Joseph Ellis in AMERICAN HERITAGE on compromises at the Constitutional Convention: bit.ly/asCaEX #
  • When future king Louis Philippe was a refugee in Boston: bit.ly/9nn71B And in America: bit.ly/caHdkQ #
  • Review of Michael Kranish's FLIGHT FROM MONTICELLO from @JBD1: bit.ly/b2Pa4P #
  • @_waterman Isaiah Thomas was Federalist nationally. In state? Hated 1785 tax on newspapers, but don't know his views on Hancock v. Bowdoin. #
  • Michael Kenney's BOSTON GLOBE review of Eric Jaffe's THE KING'S BEST HIGHWAY, about Boston Post Road: bit.ly/dyGdsY #
  • Candidate who ignorantly featured tax collector Samuel Adams in anti-tax ads loses in Alabama GOP primary: bit.ly/abV2IH #
  • Chris Rodda debunks old myth and new lies about Rev Peter Muhlenberg: tinyurl.com/28kmqos #

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