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, August 10, 2015

A Riotous Walk with Boston by Foot, 15 Aug.

On Saturday, 15 August, Boston By Foot is offering a special two-hour walking tour that focuses on the Stamp Act and the town’s riotous responses to it.

The “Taxes, Riots and Revolution” tour starts at 10:30 A.M. at the entrance to the Park Street T Station on the northeast corner of Boston Common. The organization promises:
Beginning with an overview of the Stamp Act, including Parliament’s reasons for the tax and the colonists’ objections to it, this tour will wind its way though Boston’s Revolutionary Era historic sites. From the Boston Common you will make your way to the Granary Burying Ground—the final resting place of Patriots such as Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock—through the downtown area and into the North End neighborhood as your guide reveals how the Stamp Act crisis escalated to street violence and ultimately led to the American Revolution.
That will leave plenty of time (if not energy) to participate in the Bostonian Society’s “Echoes of the Past” game and the late afternoon’s protest march from Liberty Tree Plaza to the Old State House. All three events are offered in connection with Revolution 250’s sestercentennial commemoration.

The walking tour costs $17, or $5 for Boston By Foot members. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Boston By Foot website or at the start of the tour from the guide.

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