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, December 11, 2016

The Road to Concord Leads to the David Library, 14 Dec.

On Wednesday, 14 December, I’ll be speaking about The Road to Concord at the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington’s Crossing, Pennsylvania.

Our event description:
When British soldiers marched to Concord on April 19, 1775, what were they searching for? As far back as September 1774, royal governor Gen. Thomas Gage and the Massachusetts resistance movement had begun to seize all the cannon they could.

The resulting “arms race” included a massive militia uprising, raids on shore batteries, thefts from armories under redcoat guard, spies and counterspies, and an armed takeover of a harbor fort—all before the traditional start of the Revolutionary War. This lecture explores how Massachusetts’ political conflict with the Crown turned military, and why both sides kept this history secret.
I call this talk “The Guns of the Boston Train.” The event begins at 7:30 P.M., and there will be a book-signing afterward.

I understand that enough people have made reservations that the library has now started a wait-list for seats. I look forward to seeing everyone who can come.

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