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, January 31, 2011

Twitter Feed, 20-29 Jan 2011

  • RT @NYPLMaps: Happy birthday John Fitch! Inventor of steamboat was born in Windsor, CT, 1743 map: [New England 1690?] bit.ly/dZge6x #
  • RT @Newburghr: sure this will be interesting:@brooklynhistory: abt BHS's 1770 Ratzer map on the podcast: bit.ly/chMidF #
  • RT @NS_Archives: Petition on behalf of the Black Pioneers [Loyalist refugees from USA, 1784] bit.ly/eQmA48 #
  • @OtisPetunia James Otis beaten in late 1769, but occasional signs of mania even before then. Waters's OTIS FAMILY a good analysis. #
  • @JudyPatooty Thanks for pointers on RI divorces. #
  • RT @Oh_the_Places: Anyone have a good video clip for Boston Massacre for elem kids #edchat #elemchat #sschat #ushistory #historyteacher #
  • From Am Lit Blog, the roman à clef that scandalized Boston in 1789: bit.ly/eLfO8q Real story involved Mass Atty Gnl Perez Morton. #
  • RT @PresNation: House targeting funding programs that save and protect America's historic and cultural assets. ow.ly/3HZEQ Please RT! #
  • RT @Jeffersoninst: Monticello's Architectural Conservator highlights the fascinating details of the house design: bit.ly/hStD9T#
  • From Paul Burns, a Boston boy named James Proctor who joins Royal Navy, ends up on Norfolk Island: bit.ly/giTWE2 #
  • From Brad Hart, profile of South Carolina immigrant and official Francis Salvador, died after scalping in 1776: bit.ly/hVGJDY #
  • RT @AFBurialGrndNPS: Riot involving NYC's African Burial Ground and unscrupulous doctors, 1788. From the LANCET: ow.ly/3IfyQ #
  • RT @gordonbelt: Outstanding post by @Boston1775 on Tennessee Tea Party's vision of America: bit.ly/f35bWl Also: bit.ly/f6i9LT #
  • RT @56Signers: Behold portrait of man we call the Bachelor Signer. #declaration #1776 #founders #july4 yfrog.com/jxkewsj #sschat #
  • RT @amhistorymuseum: Check out VIDEO from our trial of Benedict Arnold, American history's most heroic traitor: ow.ly/3HQeP #
  • RT @womenshistory: Since our site legislation did not pass in last session of Congress, we must start all over again. fb.me/SK4wfT76 #
  • RT @Yesterday_Today: 1779: Tory partisan Claudius Smith, aka "Cowboy of the Ramapos," hanged in Goshen, NY #
  • RT @ELanghorst: You know you're a history teacher when 3 year old daughter explains that her John Smith Barbie doll should be John Rolfe #
  • From @RagLinen, newspaper reporting "TREASON of the blackest dye" by Benedict Arnold ow.ly/3Ixue #RevWar #
  • Redcoat POW James Buchanan escapes in 1778, ends up convicted of murder in Massachusetts: bit.ly/i1lJLE #RevWar #
  • From @KevinLevin, thoughts on teaching US history in a sea of digital misinformation: nyti.ms/gccy7f #
  • RT @davidlibrary: International authority on Colonial era footwear speaking at Library today. D. A. Saguto of Colonial Williamsburg #
  • RT @56Signers: Hancock famous signature affixed Aug2 '76 2 document. Story abt writing large so King can read w/o spectacles probably MYTH #
  • RT @56Signers: Hancock resented by #JohnAdams 4 election 2 prez #Congress. Classic personality conflict. Hancock likeable, J Adams not. #
  • @hutchisonm @56Signers To be fair to CBS, no C-SPAN footage of actual Hancock signing Declaration. And modern TV news has to show SOMETHING. #
  • NPS's Cambridge site has new official name: Longfellow House–Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site! bit.ly/g3dgo7 #
  • Snopes debunks yet another anti-Obama email: bit.ly/e6Ue4Z Right-wing pattern of lies just gets worse: bit.ly/eMe21i #
  • From Jonathan Rowe at American Creation, the trial of Universalist Rev. John Murray in Massachusetts, 1783-86: bit.ly/fHTV5y #
  • From Sapping Attention, fascinating test of how library access affects results in Google Books' Ngram Viewer: bit.ly/hRELYK #
  • Res Obscura samples (bit.ly/gI30GA) Handler-Tuite database of images of slavery in the Americas (bit.ly/gZguJN). #
  • In BOSTON REVIEW, Nancy Cott looks at the history of American marriages, from coverture to equality: bit.ly/hlyzZ8 #
  • From CHRONICLE OF HIGHER ED, learning to write from Benjamin Franklin's AUTOBIOGRAPHY: bit.ly/gRi3eW #
  • RT @peterfrancisco: Amazing #RevWar paintings from historical artist Dan Nance: ht.ly/3JybF including Battle of Kings Mountain. #
  • RT @2nerdyhistgirls: Exciting rediscovery: locket commemorating affair between Lady Hamilton & Lord Nelson: bit.ly/hvQp6A #
  • RT @CloudHopper9: BBC News - Robert Burns letter found at Floors Castle www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-12265197 #
  • @ignatzz Constitution didn't require larger House of Reps. It limited number of people in each district. Framers just didn't foresee growth. #
  • At Daily Dish, reader explains real meaning and harm of US Constitution's 3/5ths compromise: bit.ly/efm2EA #
  • RT @gordonbelt: "Rewriting history doesn't do anyone any good. It doesn't honor our history." RT @andersoncooper bit.ly/f6VlIW #
  • @ignatzz We know Framers of 1787 enacted limited franchise. They didn't foresee Industrial Revolution, modern medicine, pop of 300 million. #
  • @ignatzz Some Framers would probably want smaller Congress districts today. Others probably would not. Party politics took over fast. #
  • RT @PaulRevereHouse: On Jan 26, 1775 Paul rode from Boston to Exeter, NH (& possibly returned in 1 day!) to liaison w/ NH's Congress. #
  • RT @gordonbelt: Jefferson would have been amused: bit.ly/iffhqV But probably would have preferred a Mockingbird: bit.ly/fqm1Kl #
  • RT @2nerdyhistgirls: Fascinating letter RT@MorganLibrary: Napoleon congratulates Josephine on her (bogus?) pregnancy on.fb.me/gWDxcW #
  • Michael Kenney reviews Edward Lengel's INVENTING GEORGE WASHINGTON in BOSTON GLOBE: bit.ly/eUdx4y #
  • Looks like Michael Kenney also reviewed Barnet Schechter's book on Washington's maps, but that was cut short: bit.ly/eUdx4y #
  • I'll speak on Gen. Washington's earliest intelligence/counterintelligence activities in Cambridge on 17 Mar: on.fb.me/i5vz9l #
  • RT @rarenewspapers: BEN FRANKLIN Kite Experiment ELECTRICITY 1752 Magazine - eBay (item 390284155123): bit.ly/elDQUw via @addthis #
  • RT @2palaver: Americana museums find ways to reinvent themselves, attract new visitors- today @ 12PM on VPR bit.ly/gJ8EIf #
  • Watched BRAD MELTZER: DECODED episode on #RevWar's Culper Spy Ring. What a strange show. Even by basic cable "history" standards. #
  • Titular host of BRAD MELTZER: DECODED stuck in studio palming invisible basketball. Doesn't even credit one segment he puts on air. #
  • BRAD MELTZER: DECODED kept asking whether "Culper Ring is still around" after #RevWar. Was that a sop to Y: THE LAST MAN fans? #
  • From Walking the Berkshires, a mystery involving George Washington's horse in 1781: bit.ly/foU3Sx #
  • From @lucyinglis, a streetwalker named Sarah Knight takes her life in 1774 London: bit.ly/giAcrV #
  • Long view of the debate over federal tax-funded health care from COMMON-PLACE's Jeff Pasley: bit.ly/ib7dnO #
  • RT @gordonbelt: Watch as all your Facebook friends die of dysentery: bit.ly/eL95bs // Anything for a peaceful life. #
  • RT @SecondVirginia: 18th-century wharf revealed by accident in Newburyport fb.me/SUKReDLH #
  • RT @unionparkpress: Come hear @Megmuck's talk on February 9th, Cambridge Historical Society, 6-8pm ht.ly/3LnDp #
  • From Walking the Berkshires, the games #RevWar soldiers played while awaiting the British invasion in Sept 1776: bit.ly/g4E9DP #
  • RT @RoutledgeHist: Great post about history blogging can be read here ow.ly/3LWyq #history #
  • Roof collapses over library of school named for #RevWar vet in Foster, RI: bit.ly/haHoOX Happily, it was a snow day; no one hurt. #
  • RT @2palaver: Historic Brown-Pearl House on display at MFA-Boston bit.ly/eAaJdR // Built ~1703, furnished as in following decades #
  • RT @visitvf: Valley Forge NHP has a youtube site & new vid detailing rehabilitation work at Washington HQ. bit.ly/e6k3oy #
  • RT @BearlyReadBooks: Today was the birthday of John Baskerville (1706), a printer and typographer. Change your font to 'Baskerville' today. #
  • RT @illustr8r: Va. couple to sell house where George Washington slept wapo.st/dI2mpX // more on house: bit.ly/f7FVoM #
  • RT @NYHistory: An Update for New-York Historical Society Members & Friends on.fb.me/ems8Ov // 2011 Renovation schedule #
  • RT @austenonly: Exhibition Review- Georgian Faces: Portrait of a County at the Dorset County Museum: wp.me/pGJsu-1p3 #
  • Was this London workhouse built 1775-78 inspiration for OLIVER TWIST? Or is that claim just a strategy to preserve it? bit.ly/eh4gIk #
  • RT @BirkbeckNews: Lecture: The Birth of the Politician in Eighteenth-Century France: 2 February 6pm ow.ly/3LXKD #
  • RT @tami24: Loving the Revolutionary Philly rooms @PhilaMuseum. Esp the kitchen, the Peales, and the telling of the Loyalist story. #
  • .@tami24 Some of @PhilaMuseum's period rooms come from Salem, Mass.'s Derby family, as I recall. #
  • There seems to be a rule that people interviewed on radio can't answer a question, "Yes." They must say, "Absolutely." #
  • Thomas Paine could write bad political poetry as well as any other 18th-century writers: bit.ly/hPXgU7 #

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