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Episode 81: Lexington and Concord #RevNov!

Guest: John Bell, author, The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War

Book cover of the road to concord by JL Bell

Welcome to Revolution November! Three shows in a row about the American Revolution. This week: a tale you likely have never heard about the lead-up to the famous battles of Lexington and Concord. Discover the secret story of the role played by four stolen cannons. Both Redcoats and Patriots alike had reason to keep this hot take under wraps, and both sides succeeded well enough that the full story has never appeared until now.

Host-historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer welcome John L. Bell to talk about his new book: “The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War. ” A story of what a society, perched on the brink of war, managed to keep hidden. This Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap.


Author JL Bell

John Bell is the prolific blogger behind Boston1775 blog specializing in the history of the American Revolution in New England. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults, as well as contributing to many works including “Children in Colonial America” and “Reporting the Revolutionary War.” Growing up in a suburb of Boston, surrounded by history-rich stories, Bell has become passionate to find the stories that may never have been told before.

updated: 11 months ago

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