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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Books by J. L. Bell or Including His Work

General George Washington’s Headquarters and Home—Cambridge, Massachusetts is a book-length historic resource study researched and written by J. L. Bell and published by the National Park Service in 2012. A 5.6-megabyte P.D.F. file of the entire 650-page study can be downloaded from the Park Service by clicking here.

“The Powder Alarm” and “The Battle of Lexington and Concord” are essays in Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News, edited by Todd Andrlik (Sourcebooks, 2012).

“From Saucy Boys to Sons of Liberty: Politicizing Youth in Pre-Revolutionary Boston” is the last chapter in Children in Colonial America, edited by Prof. James Marten (N.Y.U. Press, 2006). Reviews from H-Net and PhiloBiblos.

“Boston Massacre: Pamphlets and Propaganda,” “Boston Tea Party: Politicizing Ordinary People,” and “George Robert Twelves Hewes” are articles in the encyclopedia Americans at War: Society, Culture, and the Homefront, edited by John P. Resch (Thomson Gale, 2004).