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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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

American Creation and the New England Orthodoxy

I need to update my blogroll, but while I dither about that I’ll say that one new blog I’ve been watching is American Creation, organized “to promote discussion, debate and insight into the religious aspects of America’s founding.” Nine different writers post on the blog, including two founders of the American Revolution Blog; Prof. Jonathan Rowe, known for his libertarian blogs; and Ray Soller, who researches the myths and realities of the first presidential oath.

The topics range from Caitlin


Bob said...

Well described. I've always thought that in a loose cultural way, one can see the American Revolution in New England as a replay of the English Civil War, with the russet-coated Puritan captains once again facing the King's Own. And the King's troops saw "The Black Regiment" (the Congregational ministers) as among their most dangerous enemies.

Lindsey Shuman said...

Thanks for the praise! We appreciate your kind remarks, especially since they come from a heavy-hitter like yourself!

J. L. Bell said...

Kevin Phillips’s book The Cousins’ War also sees a continuity between the English Civil War and the American Revolution, as well as the U.S. Civil War.