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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Upcoming Talks and Appearances

7 September 2014, 12:00 noon, Salisbury Mansion, Worcester: “The Breakdown of Royal Rule in Massachusetts, September 1774,” an illustrated talk. Part of the daylong celebration of the Worcester Revolution of 1774. Free.

20 September 2014, 3:00-4:30 P.M., starting at the Tory Row Marker, Cambridge: “The Women of Tory Row” walking tour of Brattle Street’s pre-Revolutionary mansions, with a focus on how women experienced the American Revolution. Part of Cambridge Discovery Day. Free.

4 October 2014, 11:30 A.M.–12:20 P.M., University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue (Porter Square), Cambridge: Moderator of the “History Comics” panel at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, featuring contributors to Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750 and more. Free.