Boston Mayoral Elections
As Boston prepares for a mayoral election, NECN asked about previous elections. The cautionary tale of Toodles and Honey Fitz, from 1914, continues to be instructive if you are planning to run.
Evacuation Day--or St. Patrick's Day?
Emily Rooney on "Greater Boston" asked me to explain Evacuation Day and St. Patrick's Day, two holidays that share March 17.
The Origins of the American Revolution in Boston
The Society of the Cincinnati, the Society of Colonial Wars, and the Colonial Dames asked me to explain why the Revolution began in Boston. We met at the venerable Prescott House on Beacon Street, home of renowned historian William Hickling Prescott.
The Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party
Eleesha Tucker, education director from the Society of the Cincinnati, talked to me about the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party. The Society of the Cincinnati was founded by Washington's officers in 1783; I was made an honorary member and am always honored to meet with them.
The Molasses Flood, Emily Rooney's "Greater Boston"
Emily Rooney asked me to come talk to her on WGBH's "Greater Boston" about the Molasses Flood, 6 February 2013.
"Reporting the Revolutionary War"
Todd Andrlik, J.L. Bell, and I discuss Todd's Reporting the Revolutionary War, a great new book of newspaper accounts from the American Revolution. Read about the war as it happened! Taped at the Old State House, December 2, 2012.
Keynote Address, Inauguration of James McCarthy as Suffolk's President
On December 4, we inaugurated James McCarthy as Suffolk's 9th President, at Faneuil Hall. I was asked to say a few words giving historical context, explaining the significance of this special place.
Boston Tea Party
My students had the opportunity to recreate the Boston Tea Party as part of their final exam in their American History course, December 12, 2012.
A Thanksgiving Poem
A special Thanksgiving presentation.
The Excitement of History
Todd Andrlik's collection of Revolutionary-era newspapers is soon to be published by Sourcebooks--as Reporting the Revolutionary War. Here is a promotional piece on discovering history.
Why New England almost Seceded in 1814.
Radio Boston did this piece on New England's opposition to the War of 1812. Discussed the problems on a rainy morning in East Boston's Brophy Park, the site of Fort Strong in 1814.
Boston's Molasses Flood
The Travel Channel's "Mysteries at the Museum" did this nice brief piece on the molasses flood--great computer work showing what happened, some images, and an outstanding piece of fire equipment--filmed in the Boston Fire Museum on Congress Street.
South Boston--My Hometown
In March I gave a talk at Old South Meeting House as part of their Boston neighborhood series.
Why does Massachusetts celebrate Patriot's Day?
Patriot's Day--now the 3rd Monday in April--may be best known for the Boston Marathon. But the date has much more significance.
Stephen Decatur--American Naval Hero
Here is a talk at Old South in Boston, about Stephen Decatur. During Navy Week, 2006.
South Boston History Slam 2012
The South Boston Historical Society had a "History Slam," visiting 5 schools with a team of re-enactors to get the kids excited about history. This was part of our Evacuation Day proceedings, commemorating the British evacuation of Boston, March 17, 1776--the first American victory in the war for independence.
Tributes to Kevin White
Bostonians remember Kevin White--Paul Grogan, Mel King, John Sears, and me.
The United States Constitution: A Biography
Here is a free, on-line course I am doing on the U.S. Constitution.
A Short History of Cape Cod--Long Point, Provincetown
Why do they call it Cape Cod? Izzy made this video at Long Point, as I try to explain. A great shot of the the Long Point light.
New England Cable News
Joe Battenfeld and I discuss embarrassing relatives. Not ours, but various Presidents'.
Frank Beckmann Show, WJR, Detroit
Frank Beckmann from WJR Detroit called to learn more about Paul Revere. Look for the link on June 8.
Paul Revere and Sarah Palin
Melissa Block from "All Things Considered" called to talk about Paul Revere.
What Historians can learn from Sarah Palin
I elaborate on this important topic in the New York Daily News, June 8.
Weekly Standard Review of American Revolution
Here is a review of my American Revolution book, in the Weekly Standard.
My good friend Anouar Majid asked me to talk about Boston and New England at the Center for Global Humanities he has launched at the University of New England, in Portland, Maine. Great guests--students, folks from the Portland community, as well as Anouar and his wife Melissa.
"Save Our History" came to Boston, and we re-enacted the Boston Massacre.
On Friday, October 22, I stopped by the Fox 25 studio to talk about the 14th amendment with VB Goudie.
Here are some talks I have given at Old South, as well as our annual Boston Massacre Commemoration, with students from Boston Latin reading the original Massacre commemorative orations. They do a great job!
Robert Allison chairs the History Department at Suffolk University in Boston. He writes about American history. He lives in Boston with his wife and sons.