At the heart of this history are four small brass cannon stolen from militia armories in Boston, smuggled out of town to the countryside, and finally located by royal spies in Concord. The Patriots and Gen. Gage both had reasons to keep those guns out of their public reports on the start of the war, meaning this story has never been fully told before.
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A 5.6-megabyte P.D.F. file of the entire 650-page study can be downloaded from the Park Service by clicking here. It can also be read on Scribd.
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.
“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.
Journal of the American Revolution, edited by Todd Andrlik, Hugh T. Harrington, Don N. Hagist et al., includes articles by J. L. Bell.
- 2013: “No Taxation Without Representation,” “The Intolerable Acts,” “Who Killed Major John Pitcairn?”
- 2015: “Five Myths of Tarring and Feathering,” “How Samuel Adams Recruited Sons of Liberty”
- 2016: “Newton Prince and the Struggle for Liberty”
- The Worlds of Children (2002): “Du Simitière's sketches of Pope Day in Boston, 1767”
- Life on the Streets and Commons (2007): “‘I Never Used to Go Out with a Weapon’: Law Enforcement on the Streets of Pre-Revolutionary Boston”
- In Our Own Words (2009): “The Revolutionary-era Boy and ‘His Joyrnal’: Diary Keeping as a Step toward Manhood” and “John Rowe Changes His Diary”
“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).
“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).