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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Monday, March 15, 2010

Twitter Feed, 28 Feb-13 Mar 2010

  • From @lucyinglis, sites linked to gay life in Georgian London. Unlike ethnic groups, not confined to neighborhoods: bit.ly/8Y2VWJ #
  • Tabitha Taylor's gravestone: bit.ly/chPmjH The tilt makes all the difference. #
  • Spending a lot of hours these days at the searchable AMERICAN ARCHIVES: bit.ly/cQCPwc Let's hear it for Peter Force! #
  • RT @2palaver: Dinosaur State Park: On the trail of a predator, 200 million years later- Rocky Hill, CT bit.ly/b6A13C #
  • RT @tami24: Countries like to ignore and forget about embarrassing incidents unless forced to confront them. #ncph2010 #
  • RT @bostonhistory: Six Original George Washington Letters - and One Forgery tinyurl.com/ygpo3c2 #history #
  • RT @Boy_Monday: According to the Oxford DNB, David Hume "lost whatever Christian belief he had at Edinburgh University". #
  • RT @PaulRevere1734: A Meeting of the Mechanics of Boston this night 1795 at the Concert Hall, planning together a Charitable Association. #
  • From @lucyinglis, the non-British ethnic neighborhoods of 1700s London: bit.ly/byvhy6 #
  • Trying to sort out Revolutionary service records of the DeHarts at Walking the Berkshires: bit.ly/bmN7Kq #
  • At Walking the Berkshires, two Continental Army officers caught in bed: bit.ly/cB0tRQ #
  • Jon Rowe and Clayton Cramer highlight two fraudulent quotations from George Washington: bit.ly/cO0E04 #
  • .@LucyInglis doubts Franklin invented bifocals: bit.ly/atHD2q College of Optometrists refracts the evidence: bit.ly/9z1quO #
  • Liked @LooknBackward on Boston's oldest house: bit.ly/dbgBwf LOVED its painted bricks from other old houses: bit.ly/b4PGJ4 #
  • Historic Tale Construction Kit: bit.ly/6YaR6 A reason for me to upgrade my Flash software. #
  • RT @wceberly: 218 yrs today, 10 Mar 1792, John Stuart, earl of Bute & advisor to George III, dies in London; bit.ly/apaZGu #
  • RT @quackwriter: RT @GentlemanAdmn: History! Comics! History Comics! - new BLOGGE POSTE at wp.me/pxnIu-iJ #comics #
  • RT @KevinLevin: Latest Virginia Magazine of History & Biography on publication of Madison's notes on Constitution bit.ly/an1Db9 #
  • RT @history_book: Pitt the Elder: Man of War - by Edward Pearce - Bodley Head. bit.ly/cytZhz #
  • BOSTON GLOBE print edition ran cute photos of kids reenacting Boston Massacre on Saturday, but not in online edition: bit.ly/cjrCLI #
  • RT @history_book: Sealed with Blood: War, Sacrifice, and Memory in Revolutionary America - by Sarah J. Purcell. j.mp/dgines #
  • I was wrong. @TheFreedomTrail found the BOSTON GLOBE kids' Boston Massacre slide show: bit.ly/bxgC7I #
  • RT @classroomtools: what Gary Nash wrote in 1997 about the formation of his history education commission. bit.ly/cGzn2d #ecosys #
  • One reason why Boston didn't allow theater until after the Revolution—the corrupting presence of actresses: bit.ly/8XIwey #
  • Interview with M T Anderson, author of ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING and SERPENT CAME TO GLOUCESTER: bit.ly/attocI #
  • Studying Massachusetts Provincial Congress records from 1775. Have actually been able to identify "Joseph Smith" and "Seth Brown." Ha! #
  • Podcast interview with Dr Tony Vaver of Early American Crime blog: bit.ly/9JMwXV #
  • RT @JBD1: RT @PhiBetaKappa What if senators rep'd by income or race, not state? is.gd/a3587 // Senate working as intended? #
  • RT @2palaver: Newport RI's Redwood Library and Athenæum is the oldest lending library in America bit.ly/8YLQvU #
  • Gravestone of Elizabeth Russell, Marblehead, Mass., dead 1771: bit.ly/9LY6tS #
  • When an eighteenth-century lady really has to go: bit.ly/cfbFNx #
  • Phillis Wheatley writes on Christopher Seider, 11-yr-old killed before Boston Massacre: bit.ly/cfJJ4U But she spells his name Snider. #
  • Finished 13,000 words on John Vassall of Cambridge: ~900 words for each year he lived at Longfellow House. Imagine if he'd done anything! #
  • AMERICAN EXPERIENCE website for Dolley Madison show reportedly has deleted scenes: to.pbs.org/bl8tDd (Videos seem to play right away) #
  • Timely extract from new book about events leading up to the Boston Massacre, AS IF IN AN ENEMY'S COUNTRY: bit.ly/d7AQZU #
  • RT @Boy_Monday: New on Transatlantic History blog | Account of the Boston Massacre: "This inhuman piece of barbarity" bit.ly/brPgcS #
  • Review of new children's book about Boston Massacre: bit.ly/cxUCqb #
  • BOSTON HERALD's Jules Crittenden walks with redcoats in Boston after reading 1776: bit.ly/cE4byK #
  • RT @Boy_Monday: New brief Transatlantic History blog post: The death of the divine right of kings | bit.ly/aNskIb #
  • RT @Boy_Monday: "It demands great industry and patience to wade into such abstruse stores as records and charters." Horace Walpole, 1768. #
  • RT @GeoWashington: On this day in 1793 I gave my 2d inaugural address, shortest in history. But slightly longer than Twitter - 133 words. #
  • RT @JenServenti: #webwise Lisa Fischer from Colonial Williamsburg describes projects from i ts Digital History Center is.gd/9I1b6 #
  • Last night: Heard lecture on Cape Cod's in-shore fisheries. Done in by American Revolution or market revolution? Or both? #
  • Tonight: Seminar on Eliza Lucas Pinckney's audience with Dowager Princess of Wales. Political status riding on 5-year-old's manners. #
  • RT @history_book: Historical Re-enactment: From Realism to the Affective Turn - Palgrave Macmillan. bit.ly/bl3PRU // From Australia! #
  • @halseanderson I'd never heard of the American Historian Laureate. Is there an Economic H.L.? Medieval H.L.? Alternative H.L.? Does it last? #
  • Two privates in king's 22nd Regiment during Revolution—one died young, one died old—and how we know about each: bit.ly/aAQuKi #
  • Death of Susanna Rowson, 2 Mar 1824: Boston teen, Loyalist, actress, bestselling novelist, Boston schoolteacher: bit.ly/clGjyn #
  • From Walking the Berkshires, Patriots playing politics and skirting the rules for profit during Revolutionary War: bit.ly/agqAPl #
  • RT @ToddHouse: RT @LooknBackward: Animated map of the fill-in of Boston, look at all that space! bit.ly/adboKm #
  • Gordon Wood wins American History Book Prize for EMPIRE OF LIBERTY. Apparently he's now "American Historian Laureate." #
  • RT @history_book: The Chronicles of John Cannon, Excise Officer and Writing Master, Part 2: 1734-43 - by John Money j.mp/afvJS3 #
  • RT @history_book: The English Jacobins: Reformers in Late 18th Century England - by Carl Cone tinyurl.com/yeyn4w2 #
  • .@JBD1 looks at books of Dr John Jeffries, who left with British troops, flew the Channel, and came home to Boston: bit.ly/acPeTg #
  • Quack Doctor analyzes Bloom of Ninon, a lead-based cosmetic of the late 1700s: bit.ly/95EEHD #
  • RT @PaulRevereHouse: Col. Paul Revere's long career in ordinance manufacturing may have begun on Feb 28 1777 - bit.ly/bhBMSx #
  • RT @amhistorymuseum: Today in 1784: John Wesley charters first Methodist church in US. ow.ly/1bIN7 #
  • RT @lucyinglis: Mystery object? Right answers in the comments - it's an Argyll or Argyle. post.ly/Pj8u // Oh, it's an Argyll. #
  • Upcoming PBS show about Continental Army camp at Morristown—worst winter of the Revolutionary War: bit.ly/bPCHGJ #
  • Snopes tackles myth of "Washington's Vision": bit.ly/9nLSFa The Boston 1775 analysis from 2006: bit.ly/cHjxYW #
  • Edward Rothstein reviews new NYC African Burying Ground Museum for NY TIMES: nyti.ms/cZSQ0A #


Corporal Dalton said...

I was wondering if you'd read "As If In An Enemy's Country" yet, and if so, what your thoughts are on it?

J. L. Bell said...

I’ve been asked to review As If In an Enemy’s Country for a journal, so I won’t share my thoughts on the book until after that’s done.