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, September 24, 2012

More to Read, So Much More

The University of Pennsylvania Press recently announced the contents of two journals with several intriguing articles, a couple of which I believe I read in draft as part of the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, which is about to start up again for this academic year.

In the fall 2012 issue of Early American Studies:
  • Mary Kelley, “‘While Pen, Ink & Paper Can Be Had’: Reading and Writing in a Time of Revolution.”
  • Karin Wulf, “Bible, King, and Common Law: Genealogical Literacies and Family History Practices in British America.”
  • Christopher M. Parsons and Kathleen S. Murphy, “Ecosystems under Sail: Specimen Transport in the Eighteenth-Century French and British Atlantics”
  • Kelly Wisecup, “Medicine, Communication, and Authority in Samson Occom’s Herbal.”
  • Sarah Fatherly, “Tending the Army: Women and the British General Hospital in North America, 1754–1763”
  • Michael Hoberman, “‘Under Their Captivity & Dispersion’: The Story of Boston’s First Jewish Business Venture.” (I recently noted a lecture by Prof. Hoberman.)
  • Jasper M. Trautsch, “‘Mr. Madison’s War’ or the Dynamic of Early American Nationalism?”
And in the fall 2012 issue of The Journal of the Early Republic:
  • Gloria L. Main, “Women on the Edge: Life at Street Level in the Early Republic.”
  • Ruth Wallis Herndon, “Poor Women and the Boston Almshouse in the Early Republic.”
  • Monique Bourque, “Women and Work in the Philadelphia Almshouse, 1790–1840.”
  • three more articles about poor American women in the early nineteenth century.
The latter also includes reviews of Contesting Slavery: The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the
New Nation; Whose American Revolution Was It?: Historians Interpret the Founding; Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World; The Limits of Optimism: Thomas Jefferson’s Dualistic Enlightenment; Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine: Commerce, Culture, and Community on the Eastern Frontier; A Place in History: Albany in the Age of the Revolution, 1775–1825; and more.

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