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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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Additions to the Blog Roll

Revolutionary Thoughts is on Tumblr, which is designed for easy sharing of short thoughts and single images rather than long essays. It’s an eclectic set of quotations and observations from the “Revolutionary Atlantic.”

Blog, or Die is Michael Aubrecht’s site about the Revolution, tied to a film project. Aubrecht also writes about the U.S. Civil War and baseball. He’s not shy about discussing the political uses and ramifications of Revolutionary history today.

Derek W. Beck has created a website and occasional blog to promote his manuscript 1775, which tells the story of the outbreak of the American Revolution through the figure of Dr. Joseph Warren. He’s commented many times here on Boston 1775, sharing his research. Here’s Derek’s take on the evacuation of Boston in 1776, with sketches by the British artillery officer Archibald Robertson.

This month Derek posted an essay about Dr. Warren’s death at Bunker Hill, and questions surrounding his last minute:

Many of the varied and “confused accounts” gave that Warren was shot in the face, looking toward the enemy. But by the middle of the 1800’s, as historians began to question the veracity of all stories purporting significant acts of patriotism, dismissing them as zealous propaganda, some accounts began to claim that Warren was shot in the back of the head, as he retreated, dismissing the idea that he made some final heroic stand against his British pursuers.
TOMORROW: Photographs—yes, photographs—that answer that mystery.

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