History with Dr. Richard Bell

  • Fri, November 18, 2022
  • Thu, December 08, 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • Fri, November 18, 2022, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (EST)
  • Thu, December 08, 2022, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (EST)
  • Online

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Friday, November 18 - The Fire of Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass was a visionary—a prophet who could see a better future that lay just beyond reach. His talents were nothing short of extraordinary, and he put his exceptional gifts to use in the service of freedom, driving American slavery into the grave. In this talk, Dr. Bell will explore this many-sided man’s life, family, and career, and consider his impact upon our modern struggle to advance the cause of black freedom in the United States.

Thursday, December 8 - The Crown Jewels: The British Caribbean & the American Revolution. In 1775, the British Empire in the New World consisted not of thirteen colonies, but of almost thirty. The largest were on the mainland, but the most valuable were in the Caribbean, and Jamaica was the ‘jewel in the Crown,’ a sugar-exporting factory that generated more wealth for Britons than most mainland colonies combined. In this lecture, historian Richard Bell explores how fearful imperial officials worked to split their empire in half, insulating the British West Indies from the contagion of revolution by any means possible. 


Richard Bell, Ph.D. is a professor of history at the University of Maryland. He has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He serves as a trustee of the Maryland Historical Society and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of the award winning book, Stolen.

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