American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: A Weekly Series


"American History Mondays with Rick Bell are a chance to delve into the history [you] haven't learned about since elementary school and which should be studied as an adult and not as a child!"

Who made America? This series of talks led by University of Maryland historian Richard Bell is designed to allow you to dip in and out depending on your interests. It examines how three peoples—Europeans, Natives, and Africans—encountered each other in North America and, through conflict and cooperation, created what became the United States.

We’ll begin at the beginning with the first contact and then move through the colonial period, the Revolution, the early republic, the antebellum era, and then conclude with the Civil War and Reconstruction. They’ll be two or three dozen lectures, one per week, spread over several months and we’ll tackle a single topic each time, including witch-hunting, the origins of slavery, the great awakening, Native America, slave revolts, immigration, inequality, sex and marriage, imperial conflicts, the war for independence, the creation of the Constitution, early foreign policy, Jacksonian democracy, the transportation revolution, manifest destiny, abolition, and secession. Together, these talks provide a great primer on almost every aspect of early American history prior to 1877 and always include time for your questions. 

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Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland and author of the new book "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home" which is shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.