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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Thursday, October 16, 2014

“History of Boston” Online Course Starts 20 Oct.

Suffolk University is offering a free online course on the “History of Boston” with Prof. Robert Allison, chair of the college’s History Department and author of several short, solid books about local history.

I believe this qualifies as a “M.O.O.C.,” though that acronym has been losing a bit of its buzz.

In the course topics list, the section titled “Revolutionary Boston” promises:
  • Road to Revolution
  • Struggle for Power
  • Boston Massacre
  • Scavenger Hunt Game
  • Committees of Correspondence and Communications
  • Boston Tea Party
  • Road to Independence
  • Massachusetts State Constitution
  • Shays Rebellion
The press kit includes the picture above, which is not how I’ve ever seen Bob Allison dress, but now I’m hoping that animated figure pops up in the videos.

Registration is now open, and the videos become available on 20 October.


Chaucerian said...

I'm not so wonderful on assessing clothing, but the face and welcoming manner are those I associate with Professor Allison --

John L. Smith said...

But then sometimes I'm in the M.O.O.D. for M.O.O.C.

I have Prof. Allison's very compact book on the American Revolution and it's excellent in its inclusion of essential facts, but still stream right along.

I'm signing up for this course, for sure! Thanks J.L.