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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Upcoming Talks and Appearances

29 September 2016, 7:00 P.M.: “Cannons in Concord, and Why the Regulars Came Looking,” Minute Man National Historical Park, Lexington.

4 October 2016, 6:00 P.M.: “The Arms Race of 1774,” American Antiquarian Society, Worcester.

13 October 2016, 7:00 P.M.: The Road to Concord lecture and signing, American Revolution Round Table of Morristown, New Jersey.

20 October 2016, 6:30 P.M.: “How the Cambridge Alarm Led to the Concord Fight,” Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, Cambridge.

24 October 2016, 7:00 P.M.: Discussion of The Road to Concord, American Revolution Round Table, Minute Man N.H.P., Concord.

29 November 2016, 12:00 noon: “The End of British Government in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts State Library, Boston.

8 December 2016, 5:30 P.M.: “The Creation of Rhode Island's Revolutionary Artillery Force,” Newport Historical Society, Newport.

14 December 2016, 7:30 P.M.: “The Road to Concord,” David Library of the American Revolution, Washington’s Crossing, Pennsylvania.

6 February 2017, 6:30 P.M.: “Writing The Road to Concord,” Bridging Writers, Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster.

31 January 2018, 7:00 P.M.: The Road to Concord, Shrewsbury Historical Society, Shrewsbury Library, Shrewsbury.

See this page for a (long) list of historical topics J. L. Bell has spoken about.