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 29, 2014

Lectures in Framingham in April

Framingham State University and the Framingham Public Library have been sponsoring a free series of ten “Lifelong Learning Lectures.” Two of the remaining talks are about networks spreading news during the Revolutionary period.

Thursday, 3 April
“Liberty’s News: How the Media Shaped the American Revolution”
Prof. Joseph M. Adelman
This talk explores the influence of the media business on political debate during the American Revolution. (Eighteenth-century media meant printers, the mail, and unabashed gossips, of course, but Joe is active in using new media today through the Junto Blog and Publick Occurrences 2.0.)

Thursday, 10 April
“Paul Revere’s Ride”
Prof. Gary Hylander
On the night of April 18 of 1775, Paul Revere and dozens of other night riders carried the Lexington alarm into the countryside. Rather than a spontaneous uprising, the local militia were carefully organized and well led.

Both lectures start at 7:00 P.M. in the Costin Room of the Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street. No registration is required. There will be refreshments.

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