J.L. Bell

J L Bell is the author of The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2016). In 2012 he completed a study of Gen. George Washington’s first campaign of the Revolutionary War, which included new findings about the commander-in-chief’s first successes and failures in espionage.

Bell maintains the Boston 1775 blog, which offers daily doses of history, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the start of the American Revolution in New England. He is also an associate editor of the Journal of the American Revolution and an assistant editor of the Colonial Comics anthologies (Fulcrum).

Recent articles by J.L. Bell

J.L. Bell Feature
Jul 5, 2016

If Turn Season 4 happens, history tells us a little bit about what to expect.

J.L. Bell Review
Jun 27, 2016

The Turn season 3 finale brings things to a close, and it might just be for good.

J.L. Bell Review
Jun 20, 2016

Betrayal begins to eat at West Point in the latest episode of Turn: Washington's Spies.

J.L. Bell Review
Jun 13, 2016

Turn: Washington's Spies delivers a slick and snappy episode as they start to wrap up the season.

J.L. Bell Review
Jun 7, 2016

It's all about the ladies on the latest installment of Turn: Washington's Spies.

J.L. Bell Review
May 30, 2016

An excellent episode of Turn: Washington's Spies arrived on Memorial Day...

J.L. Bell Review
May 23, 2016

Turn season 3 episode 5 is busy setting up conflicts for later in the season, but it's a good one. Here's our review.

J.L. Bell Review
May 16, 2016

Turn delivers one of its strongest episodes to date by putting the series' love stories center stage.

J.L. Bell Review
May 10, 2016

The focus is on Benedict Arnold as the action heats up on the latest installment of Turn: Washington's Spies.

J.L. Bell Review
May 2, 2016

A welcome addition gets under the patriots' skin in Turn: Washington's Spies.

J.L. Bell Review
Apr 25, 2016

AMC's Turn Season 3 premiere takes the usual liberties with history, but it's still a solid hour of TV.

J.L. Bell Feature
Apr 25, 2016

The Culper Ring is at the center of AMC's Revolutionary War drama, Turn. J.L. Bell offers some historical perspective for the show...

J.L. Bell Review
Jun 8, 2015

The Turn season 2 finale delivers a big battle, and plenty of loose ends should we get to Turn season 3. Here's our review.

J.L. Bell Feature
Jun 8, 2015

Our series of articles on the stories behind AMC's Turn continues with the real Major Hewlett and more!

J.L. Bell Review
Jun 1, 2015

AMC's Turn doesn't quite deliver its strongest episode this week, but perhaps the season finale can fix that...

J.L. Bell Review
May 25, 2015

AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies delivers one of its best episodes with "Providence." Here's our review...

J.L. Bell Review
May 18, 2015

We bet you've never seen George Washington go crazy. Here's our review of this week's Turn...

J.L. Bell Review
May 12, 2015

Turn focuses on the major female characters in what historians of the period call “the domestic sphere.”

J.L. Bell Review
May 4, 2015

Turn’s creators take inspiration from history and ride off in another direction in search of drama...

J.L. Bell Review
Apr 27, 2015

Turn gives us maritime outlaws to stir up the drama. Here's our review...

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