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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Friday, February 02, 2018

Onuf and Gordon-Reed in Cambridge, 6 Feb.

On Tuesday, 6 February, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1780 by John Adams, the Rev. Samuel Cooper, and James Bowdoin, will host a discussion titled “Jefferson, Race, and Democracy.”

The speakers will be Annette Gordon-Reed, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and a Professor of History at Harvard University; and Peter S. Onuf, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor at the University of Virginia.

Gordon-Reed and Onuf are coauthors of Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination. Gordon-Reed won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for The Hemingses of Monticello. Onuf is the author of Jefferson’s Empire, The Mind of Thomas Jefferson, Across the Continent: Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and the Making of America, and other books on the early republic.

This event will start with a reception at 5:00 P.M., and the discussion is scheduled for 6:00. It will take place at the A.A.A.S.’s headquarters at 136 Irving Street in Cambridge. The organization asks people to register to attend.

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