Boston’s Pre-Revolutionary Newspaper Wars

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The mass media of the American colonies were its thirty-eight newspapers. Speaker J.L. Bell examines the highly partisan political environment in the decade prior to the Revolution as well as the personal and political rivalries of some of the men who published newspapers and magazines in that era.

Bell has written and presented lectures on a variety of topics including the role of watchmen at the Boston Massacre and Boston’s raucous Pope Night holiday. He served as a consultant on an episode of PBS’ History Detectives, and contributed two essays to Reporting the Revolutionary War, published last year.  For the National Park Service he wrote, "George Washington's Headquarters and Home in Cambridge, Massachusetts," a 651 page study, exhaustively researched and very readable.(Available to read online or download.)

John writes the Boston 1775 blog.

The talk is part of the library's "Local and Family History" lecture series.