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 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...

J.L. Bell Review
Apr 20, 2015

Washington's Spies don't play nice as Turn's latest has some double-dealing. Here's our review...

J.L. Bell Review
Apr 13, 2015

AMC's Turn is back for season two. Here's our review of the premiere episode...

J.L. Bell Feature
Apr 13, 2015

Our resident Revolutionary War expert takes a look at the historical Capt. Simcoe, known as the villain on AMC's Turn.

Turn Eternity How Long Review
J.L. Bell Review
Jun 9, 2014

The first season of AMC's Turn ends with a historic battle. Here's our review of the season finale!

J.L. Bell Review
Jun 1, 2014

Turn revels in some historical inaccuracies this week, but still manages to get the job done. Here's our review.

J.L. Bell Review
May 25, 2014

Turn spends some time in New York City, and develops a few key relationships. Here's our review...

J.L. Bell Review
May 18, 2014

Turn lets the romantic tensions run rampant in another strong episode. Here's our review...

J.L. Bell Review
May 11, 2014

Turn delivers what is undoubtedly its strongest episode with enough twists to even keep history buffs guessing.

J.L. Bell Review
May 5, 2014

Turn delivers one of its best episodes yet with the Christmas-themed "Epiphany." Here's our review...

Turn Eternity How Long Review
J.L. Bell Review
Apr 27, 2014

Despite its historical inaccuracies, Turn remains an entertaining hour of television. Here's our review of Eternity How Long...

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