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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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Twitter Feed, 27 Feb–10 Mar 2011

  • RT @executedtoday: If judge overruling jury's death sentence betrays #amrev Revolution ow.ly/440AL does it work the other way around? #
  • @JBD1 Boylston Street Borders to remain open till April. How many books will be left then? #
  • RT @amhistorymuseum: Today in 1807: Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is born in Portland, Maine. ow.ly/3Nltm #
  • Via @bencarp, Kermit the Frog reports on Boston Tea Party: bit.ly/es3IC1 (Accents almost as much fun as in JOHN ADAMS miniseries.) #
  • From RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, essay by Colonial Williamsburg junior interpreter on portraying slave: bit.ly/gwr1QY (h/t @KevinLevin) #
  • @HannahMCrocker Interesting use of "Dutch" to mean German in re Christopher Seider. #
  • Old North Church in Boston to offer grade 5-12 teacher workshop in April on "Tories, Timid or True Blue?" website: bit.ly/dG0VZA #
  • Society of Early Americanists' meeting in Philadelphia this week: is.gd/VbfC1z (h/t @JBD1) #
  • From NY TIMES, James & Benjamin Franklin on opposite sides of smallpox inoculaton issue, and later death of Ben's son: nyti.ms/fKdALh #
  • RT @history_book: The Ties That Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America - Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor. amzn.to/fB81Ei #
  • RT @franceshunter: Meet Edward Coles -- the anti-Jefferson: ow.ly/45CKu // A path not taken often enough in early republic. #
  • RT @HistoricNE: We're looking for a senior membership mgr., based at Otis House in Boston. bit.ly/ihdn7c #
  • RT @history_book: With Fire & Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill & Beginning of American Revolution - James L. Nelson. amzn.to/eyoQqj #
  • Hmmm. I know of another high-profile book about Bunker Hill battle on the way. #
  • RT @WilliamHogeland: New post in my series "Founding Finance" for @NewDeal20. tinyurl.com/6eyb44c #
  • RT @myHNN: Resolution could honor little-known Revolutionary War history bit.ly/gGNzEP #
  • RT @myHNN: Public weighs in on Battle of Camden park bit.ly/eJ5FbV // Like every nation, we tend to do better remembering victories. #
  • RT @lucyinglis: Reading about how the spread of pawn shops encouraged the growth of burglary in Georgian London. 'Svery interesting. #
  • RT @illustr8r: Real Estate Developer Donates #Washington History Collection to GWU bit.ly/e7bos2 #revwar #
  • Tonight at 7:00, lecture on "That Detestable Herb" and the 1773 tea boycott, Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain: www.jphs.org/ #
  • From the Beehive, a poem on the dreadful winter of 1779-80: bit.ly/guMkmm #RevWar #
  • Nominations for George Washington Book Prize from Washington College in Chestertown, MD: bit.ly/ynbVi #
  • The booming caricature business in Georgian London: bit.ly/etShE6 Have political cartoons advanced since then? #
  • RT @AmericanHistFF: Need an antique or a reproduction of United States map? We have a nice selection! ht.ly/45LL9 #
  • RT @CapitolHistory: Today in 1805 VP Aaron Burr bid the Senate farewell while under indictment for killing Alexander Hamilton during a duel. #
  • For 200 years, Aaron Burr was the only US VP to shoot someone while in office. #
  • RT @vahistorical: Ed Lengel's lecture "George Washington in Myth & Memory" is now online: tiny.cc/yalin. #rva #va #
  • RT @NewportHistory: Join us tomorrow night at 5:30pm for presentation about Jamestown, RI's history bit.ly/gKz3sh #
  • RT @NYHistory: Today in 1769, DeWitt Clinton, NY governor, scholar, proponent of Erie Canal, is born. His portrait: on.fb.me/fZfMDl #
  • New issue of Colonial Williamsburg Journal, w/articles on letter-writing, Trumbull's art, living history, Civil War: bit.ly/9LugN7 #
  • AGE OF FRACTURE, Daniel T. Rodgers's intellectual history of late 20th century: bit.ly/hFWa7j (Out of period, but in the family) #
  • RT @melissacwalker: ♥a book about Revolutionary-time girls being badass. Thanks to Laurie Halse Anderson, natch. su.pr/AfWaEO #
  • RT @LiteraryRob: This tree (and its legend) will never die. bit.ly/g25cQJ // Historical background: bit.ly/heKWw1 #
  • RT @amhistorymuseum: Today in 1807: Congress outlaws importation of slaves. See artifacts from the slave trade: ow.ly/457N7 #
  • From one of @2nerdyhistgirls, report on talk by Edward Lengel, author of INVENTING GEORGE WASHINGTON: bit.ly/eBRl4D #
  • Illustrations by Mead Schaeffer from 1931 biography of George Washington: bit.ly/i44CLA #
  • RT @derekwbeck: The Statuettes of George S. Stuart — Part 1: Political Leaders of 1775 bit.ly/eFr3L0 #
  • RT @history_book: Remaking Custom: Law and Identity in the Early American Republic - Ellen Holmes Pearson. amzn.to/hT7AuI #
  • Did #RevWar start in Vermont? Revolutionary Westminster: From Massacre to Statehood - Jessie Haas - History Press. amzn.to/i1voTx #
  • RT @NYPLMaps: E.D. Morel's "Sketch of the Northern part of Africa 1790" (note trans-Saharan trade route) bit.ly/h6QPxn #
  • RT @JBD1: AGR: Interpretation of Monticello as a plantation instead of just a house with cool gadgets in it will change view of TJ #sea11 #
  • RT @historytavern: The History Tavern: where the past is always on tap: Propaganda in the American Revolution bit.ly/hsW6R3 #
  • RT @JBD1: Announcement - 2013 SEA conference will be in Savannah! #sea11 #sea13 (just to lay the groundwork) #
  • RT @JBD1: Final paper: Jordan Stein - "Can we have sex in the archives?" #sea11 (thanks the half-dozen folks who actually shared stories) #
  • From the Millions, Janet Potter on reading bios of the first 15 US Presidents: bit.ly/ic2Y2z #
  • Speaking of which, Ron Chernow's WASHINGTON wins history prize from New-York Hist Socy: nyti.ms/dLGQsz #
  • From @caleb_crain in 2005, the unnecessary, pretentious, impractical luxury of deckled edges: bit.ly/gYZkE3 Hear, hear! #
  • RT @lynneguist: Pahk Yuh Cah: Non-Rhotic New England | Dialect Blog bit.ly/fBnwTw #
  • From the New-York Hist Socy, artifacts of 18th-century haberdashery merchant Mary Alexander: bit.ly/hEh0YY #
  • Upcoming programs at American Antiquarian Socy include @bencarp on Tea Party, Kendall on Webster, Ellis on Adamses. bit.ly/gmWwfI #
  • RT @theurbanologist: Talking Tea Party: J. Adams remembers. Interesting and revealing words. t.co/QiizQ0B #
  • NY TIMES review of Imogen Robertson's INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS, forensic mystery set in 1780 England: nyti.ms/i2v6Gj #
  • From WtBerkshires: "Washington favored bold, complex battle plans requiring close coordination of many detachments." bit.ly/fZAIXS #
  • From C-SPAN2, three hours with Pauline Maier on US Constitution ratification: cs.pn/ffAq6Q #
  • From WALL ST JOURNAL, Maya Jasanoff on five best books about Loyalists: on.wsj.com/hzjyzI (Not including her new one) #RevWar #
  • Some covers of STARTLING #COMICS featuring the Fighting Yank superhero: bit.ly/f4XT40 For background: bit.ly/g16v3b #
  • RT @lucyinglis: Reading a medical tract on 'simple operations' for the scrotum, 1771. // Before effective anesthesia, too! #
  • RT @WilliamHogeland: My series on American #finance wars in the founding era. Will startle. tinyurl.com/4o699kc #RevWar #
  • George Washington's teeth and more at Minnesota Hist Socy thru May: bit.ly/feEP5d (h/t @illustr8r) #
  • RT @56Signers: Hopkins not immune 2 ths paradox. Jefferson, Carroll, Rutledge, Franklin & other signers all said slavery wrong but had own. #
  • RT @marianpl: "Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records", come to the talk 3/8/11 in Andover, MA #genealogy ow.ly/49mAx #
  • Exploring artifacts of printer Isaiah Thomas's life at American Antiquarian Socy, which he founded after becoming rich: bit.ly/efgx6Z #
  • Annette Gordon-Reed presents paper on Hemings family in 1800s at Schlesinger Library, Harvard, 10 Mar, 5:30: bit.ly/hSdMl7 #
  • RT @JBD1: Paul Erickson's review of the play "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" is in the new interim Common-place is.gd/aPTQIW #
  • RT @vahistorical: VHS creating searchable online slave database. Dominion grant will fund this AA history project. #
  • RT @RagLinen: Silence Dogood Rides Again: Blogging the frontiers of early American history - ow.ly/49zJ1 #
  • Start of the #RevWar as seen by Salem couple, portrayed at Old South Meetinghouse, Boston, Thurs, 11 Mar, 12:15: bit.ly/eYIUDq #
  • Webinar with Marian Pierre-Louis on finding people in New England records of the poor, 2 Apr, 1:00: bit.ly/fljajp #genealogy #
  • I'll moderate panel on #RevWar start at Old South, Boston, next Thurs, 17 Mar: bit.ly/fnb7K0 "Moderate" may mean "stir up trouble." #
  • Latest COMMON-PLACE now has #comics, but with awkward and unnecessary digital page turns, so I'm not reading it. bit.ly/fDF1P3 #
  • At COMMON-PLACE, "How Photo-Flo and elbow grease are saving New England's historic cemeteries": bit.ly/hwXdpt #
  • RT @marianpl: Symbolic Past: #gravestone of Samuel Abbot, Andover, MA - 1769 killed by a cart at age 6. #genealogy ow.ly/4b2RP #
  • From Early American Crime, Rhode Island man becomes paranoid, kills family. How did neighbors of 1715 understand that? bit.ly/fIBKJD #
  • RT @Taylor_Stoermer: Check out CW's podcast of Susan Kern discussing her new book, "The Jeffersons at Shadwell": bit.ly/g7IwK6 #
  • RT @dereklan: Is Readex good or bad for historical research? // Yes. #
  • RT @AdeTinniswood: My NPR interview about America's Barbary Wars is posted here n.pr/fqnXIP #
  • RT @librarycongress: Stories of American Loyalists Subject of Book and Discussion: 1.usa.gov/gxwSrI #RevWar #
  • RT @Harvard_Press: An intellectual history of our own time is hard to pull off, but Dan Rodgers has "done it well" bit.ly/e2BvNV #
  • RT @illustr8r: National Museum of American History Embarks on Conservation of #Jefferson's edited Bible tinyurl.com/4nkmw7w #
  • RT @harveyjkaye: On Thomas Paine and politics today (VIDEO) bit.ly/dHf1SX #
  • RT @NYHistory: Looking back at America's historic relationship with North Africa bit.ly/gx89hh // foreign tribute 1/6 of US budget #
  • Autopsy of the Chevalier d'Eon, the talk of late 1700s London, in 1810: bit.ly/gz4D32 (h/t @lucyinglis) #
  • Discussion of sources on French Revolution at Massachusetts Hist Socy, particularly in John Adams family papers: bit.ly/heht2b #
  • Young Dutch woman in 18th-century Moroccan harem—or was she giving readers the titillation they wanted? bit.ly/fpY85F #
  • Dutch sailor left on desert island in 1725 for child rape, and goes mad: bit.ly/e0QV75 #
  • I'll speak about Gen. Washington's intelligence at Longfellow House-Washington's HQ on #EvacuationDay, Mar 17: tinyurl.com/yhnvdb4 #

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