Kidnapped into Slavery: The Reverse Underground Railroad with Author Richard Bell - Context Travel

Kidnapped into Slavery: The Reverse Underground Railroad with Author Richard Bell


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Join us for a talk with Dr. Richard Bell, author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home—a finalist for both the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize.

Philadelphia, 1825: five young, free black boys fall into the clutches of the most fearsome gang of kidnappers and slavers in the United States. Lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay, they are instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Over four long months, their kidnappers drive them overland into the Cotton Kingdom to be sold as slaves. Determined to resist, the boys form a tight brotherhood as they struggle to free themselves and find their way home. 

Their ordeal—an odyssey that takes them from the Philadelphia waterfront to the marshes of Mississippi and then onward still—shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.

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.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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Great book! Great seminar!

Richard has a way of presenting the material that really brings it to life and helps you really feel it and remember it.

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Brilliant seminar!

Another spell-binding seminar by Dr. Rick Bell. From start to finish, Dr. Bell engaged with his humanistic approach combined with his scholarly knowledge, his enthusiasm, his palpable compassion for the free Blacks kidnapped into slavery.

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Kidnapped into Slavery by Dr. Bell

It was an excellent experience . Dr . Bell does an fantastic job of weaving factual information and history into an incredible story . The learning experience is very enjoyable and I’d recommend his lectures to everyone.

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N.L.
A fresh and important look at the American past

lThis fast-paced and fascinating conversation featured Professor Richard Bell, who shaped six years of library discoveries into a compelling story of five free boys kidnapped into slavery in the l820s. My husband and I, both tenured professors in New York, thought it was first-rate and deserving of a broad audience.

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Heartbreaking story

Very informative and disturbing story. Very diligently researched.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
86%
(6)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
14%
(1)
0%
(0)
B
B.
Great book! Great seminar!

Richard has a way of presenting the material that really brings it to life and helps you really feel it and remember it.

V
V.
Brilliant seminar!

Another spell-binding seminar by Dr. Rick Bell. From start to finish, Dr. Bell engaged with his humanistic approach combined with his scholarly knowledge, his enthusiasm, his palpable compassion for the free Blacks kidnapped into slavery.

C
C.B.
Kidnapped into Slavery by Dr. Bell

It was an excellent experience . Dr . Bell does an fantastic job of weaving factual information and history into an incredible story . The learning experience is very enjoyable and I’d recommend his lectures to everyone.

N
N.L.
A fresh and important look at the American past

lThis fast-paced and fascinating conversation featured Professor Richard Bell, who shaped six years of library discoveries into a compelling story of five free boys kidnapped into slavery in the l820s. My husband and I, both tenured professors in New York, thought it was first-rate and deserving of a broad audience.

a
a.
Heartbreaking story

Very informative and disturbing story. Very diligently researched.