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, December 02, 2011

Schecter on Washington’s Maps at Boston Public Library, 6 Dec.

On Tuesday, 6 December, the Boston Public Library will host a talk by Barnet Schecter about his book George Washington’s America: A Biography Through His Maps.

This book is based on a collection of maps that Washington owned which were eventually bound in a single volume, now at Yale University. It traces the first President’s life through those maps, some of which he drew as a surveyor and landowner, most of which he collected as a land speculator, military leader, and political official.

The book is oversized and heavily illustrated, letting readers see the maps as Washington did. They show the territories he worried about taking or protecting, and the early growth of the U.S. of A.

Schechter is also author of The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution.

The library is presenting this talk in partnership with the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and the Boston Map Society. It will begin at 6:00 P.M. in the Abbey Room, in the older part of the main library.

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