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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Sunday, October 27, 2013

The First Journal of the American Revolution Collection

I’ll finish off this week of mew books about the Revolution with the first volume from the Journal of the American Revolution, which posts a variety of interesting daily historical articles at AllThingsLiberty.com.

Edited by Todd Andrlik, Hugh T. Harrington, and Don N. Hagist, this book collects some of the most popular essays from the site with newly commissioned articles on many aspects of America’s move toward independence. Topics include:
  • What was the true start of the Revolution?
  • Were the Founding Fathers young enough to be called Founding Teenagers or Twentysomethings?
  • What role did dogs play in the war?
  • How did George Washington’s army actually cross the Delaware River?
  • At what moment did Washington become a politician as well as a general?
  • What was it really like to walk the streets of colonial Boston, Philadelphia, New York, or Charleston?
  • What was the treatment for a scalped head or arrow wound?
  • Was the most hated Loyalist in America really a Patriot spy?
I have three articles in the book, all with roots on Boston 1775 over the years. Two are slightly updated versions of the essays on the phrases “taxation without representation” and “Intolerable Acts” that have appeared on AllThingsLiberty.com. The third is an investigation of “Who Killed Major John Pitcairn?” assembled for this book; you can read the start of that article here.

Following the model of Todd’s Reporting the Revolutionary War, which came out last year, all the essays are attractively illustrated in full color. Ertel Publishing is now taking orders for the limited edition in hardcover.

1 comment:

John L Smith Jr said...

Just bought this from Ertel Publishing. We all need to support stories, books and blogs such as ... well ... THIS one! Congrats on your article inclusions in "Journal", J. L.!