The Germans are Coming: Hessian Soldiers and the American Revolution with Dr. Richard Bell

The Germans are Coming: Hessian Soldiers and the American Revolution with Dr. Richard Bell


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The British government dispatched about 20,000 German troops to help the redcoats put down the revolt in America. Our seminar led by Dr. Richard Bell surveys these Hessian mercenaries’ contributions to the British war machine, including their efforts to sweep Washington’s army out of New York City and back to New Jersey.

Together we will learn how and why ordinary Americans’ perception of them as thugs capable of “ungovernable brutality” changed—so much so that when the war finally ended, almost 6,000 German veterans chose to put down roots, betting their futures on the prospects of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the newly formed United States.

To explore additional seminars led by Dr. Bell on the topic of American History, click here. 

Dr. Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Award. Professor Bell is author of the new book "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home," which was shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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