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“Here lies ye Body of Dr Enoch Dole”

24 March 2017

Earlier in the month I quoted a diary that mentioned the death of Dr. Enoch Dole during the final days of the siege of Boston. Dr. Dole’s widow erected a striking gravestone for...

The Fame of the Virginia Riflemen

23 March 2017

As I discussed at an event last week, the Continental Congress voted to raise rifle companies for the Continental Army in June 1775 even before it chose a commander-in-chief.The first...

Bullock on Polite Politics in Boston, 29 Mar.

22 March 2017

On Wednesday, 29 March, Steven C. Bullock will speak at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston on “Tea Sets and Tyranny: The Politics of Politeness in Early America.”...

Anishanslin on “A Woman in Silk” in Boston, 23 Mar.

21 March 2017

On Thursday, 23 March, Zara Anishanslin will speak at the Massachusetts Historical Society on the topic of her new book Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British...