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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Friday, March 06, 2009

Zobel Revisits the Massacre, Lexington, 27 Mar

As part of its Cronin Lecture Series, the Lexington Historical Society will host a talk by the Hon. Hiller B. Zobel on how the Boston Massacre appeared in last year’s John Adams miniseries. He’ll contrast scenes from the show with the historical record, which he’s thoroughly examined as co-editor of The Legal Papers of John Adams and author of The Boston Massacre. The event starts at 8:00 P.M. on Friday, 27 March, in the Lexington Depot.

I’m booked to be in Seattle that weekend, speaking briefly on a panel at the Organization of American Historians conference, and I’m sorry to miss this. For my own comments on how the miniseries portrayed the Massacre, see “What John and Abigail Really Saw” and John Adams on Trial.”

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