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

“Maverick Island,” with art by Joel Christian Gill and script by J. L. Bell, is a short comic about the start of slavery in Massachusetts. It was created for Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750, edited by Jason Rodriguez, A. Dave Lewis, and J. L. Bell, and published in 2014. More volumes are forthcoming.

The first collection from the Journal of the American Revolution, edited by Todd Andrlik, Hugh T. Harrington, and Don N. Hagist and published in 2013 by Ertel, contains three articles by J. L. Bell. They cover the surprising origins of the phrases “No Taxation Without Representation” and “Intolerable Acts” and investigate “Who Killed Major John Pitcairn?”

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).