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, October 31, 2011

What Do We Want? When Do We Want It?

On Friday, 4 November, the Barker Center at Harvard University will host a symposium on a new collection of historiographic essays titled American History Now.

The first part of the book is organized chronologically. Its essays on the period that Boston 1775 covers are “Squaring the Circles: The Reach of Colonial America” by Alan Taylor and “American Revolution and Early Republic” by Woody Holton.

The second part of the book is organized thematically, with chapters on the U.S. and the world, cultural matters, immigration and ethnicities, religion, frontiers, capitalism, and other topics—all factors that also shaped colonial and Revolutionary America.

At this symposium the scheduled speakers are Lisa McGirr (editor and “The Interwar Years”), Eric Foner (editor), Ned Blackhawk (“American Indians and the Study of U.S. History”), Sarah Phillips (“Environmental History”), Seth Rockman (“Jacksonian America”), and Rebecca Edwards (“Women’s and Gender History”).

The symposium is scheduled from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. in the Thompson Room.

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