History with Dr. Richard Bell

  • Fri, February 03, 2023
  • Fri, March 31, 2023
  • 3 sessions
  • Fri, February 03, 2023, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (EST)
  • Fri, March 03, 2023, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (EST)
  • Fri, March 31, 2023, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (EDT)
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February 3 - Valley Forge Winter and the Man Who Made It Count: The hard winter of 1777, when the Continental Army was camped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was a turning point in the American Revolution, the moment when new drills and regimental regulations finally turned a ragtag collection of ill-supplied and often embittered enlistees into a more disciplined and professional fighting force capable of winning a war. This program tells this important story from the perspective of Baron Friedrich von Steuben, the Prussian immigrant with the unusual home life whom Washington tasked with achieving that critical transformation. 

March 3 - 1783 Treaty of Paris:  America’s Future on the Brink:  Signed in 1783, the Treaty of Paris was the formal agreement that ended the War for Independence and created the United States of America. University of Maryland historian Richard Bell argues that the Treaty of Paris was a triumph for US diplomacy that reset relations with Britain and set a new border with Spanish North America. Notably, however, the treaty also damaged the US-French alliance irreparably and left Natives, loyalists, and fugitives from American slavery to fend for themselves.

March 31 - Stolen: Join us for a talk with Dr. Richard Bell, the author of Stolen, a new book that tells the incredible story of five boys whose courage forever changed the fight against slavery in America. Their ordeal shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black-market network of human traffickers who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.

 

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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