Sunday, January 6, 2008

Blog: Boston 1775

MGS friend Dick Eastman recently ran a posting on his blog which directed me to a very interesting historical blog that might be of interest to others as we research historical events to add context to our own family histories -

The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 2007 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at

If you have an interest in history, especially history in and around the city of Boston in 1775, you will enjoy J. L. Bell's writings in "Boston 1775." The web site contains "history, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the start of the American Revolution in Massachusetts."

Bell writes in a manner that shows the true daily life in and around Boston in the early days of the American Revolution. He also gives special insights into the motivations of many of the leaders of the day, both the Loyalists and the Revolutionaries. Recent articles include:

Colonial Boston Vocabulary: "caucus"
Did the Union Flag Disappoint Boston’s Loyalists?
The Great Union Flag and the Boston Gentry
King George Addresses the “Unhappy and Deluded Multitude”

J. L. Bell is a Massachusetts writer who is an expert in the events surrounding the Boston Massacre and the start of the American Revolution. 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.

If you like to read about Boston history, you'll probably spend hours reading the various stories in the local history buff's haven, "Boston 1775," at

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