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Boston’s Pre-Revolutionary Newspaper Wars (and What They May Tell Us About Today’s News Media)

December 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


A presentation by J. L. Bell, author & historian

December 4, 2018, 7-9 p.m. at The Loring Greenough House

A "Tuesday in the Parlor" series lecture.

In the period leading up to the Revolution, colonial journalists produced a lively array of print publications aimed at keeping the populace informed about—or inflamed by—the political news of the day. On the left were The Boston Gazette and The Massachusetts Spy while The Boston News-LetterThe Boston Chronicle, and Boston Weekly Post-Boy espoused viewpoints from the right. The Boston Evening-Post tried to maintain a centrist voice. The newspaper business could be a nasty and dangerous one, prompting rivalries between printers and occasional violence.

Join us for J. L. Bell’s enlightening talk about the how America’s early news medium operated in the volatile pre-Revolutionary environment and the significance of this history for today’s information media.

J. L. Bell specializes in history, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the start of the American Revolution in Massachusetts. His book The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War will be available for purchase at the presentation.

Tickets: $10 general admission and $5 for LGH members* plus a small processing fee. Tickets are available online HERE. Light refreshments will be served.

*Individual Membership holders are entitled to one ticket at members-only price, Family Membership holders can purchase two tickets at members-only price. All additional tickets must be purchased at general admission price. Want to take advantage of members-only ticket prices and support an important community resource—the Loring Greenough House? JOIN TODAY!


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