American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: The Revolution from the Bottom Up

American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: The Revolution from the Bottom Up


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Who made America? This series of talks led by University of Maryland historian Dr. 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. Together, these lectures provide a great primer on almost every aspect of early American history prior to 1877. But they’re designed as stand-alone offerings, so come on out for whichever topics spark your imagination.

To learn more about this series and view past and future events, click here.

This program contains some short interactive elements.

In 1763 the colonists could not have been prouder to be members of the British Empire. In towns and cities across America, colonists toasted King George for protecting them in the French and Indian War. In New York City, grateful colonists even erected a statute to their great king. A little over a decade later, in July 1776, a crowd of soldiers and sailors tore down this same statue and melted down its precious lead into 42,088 musket balls to fire at the king’s army. Why had so much changed so fast? Why did ordinary people in cities like Boston and Philadelphia begin to push back against royal authority in the 1760s and 1770s? What does the coming of the Revolution look like when viewed from the bottom up?

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 suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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The real story of the start of the Revolution

Instead of the places, people, dates, and battles, which was basically how we learned history in school, Dr. Bell takes us into the lives of ordinary people at the cusp of the American Revolution and shows us how British policies pushed American colonists to resist and eventually fight for independence. This was a very exciting, interesting, and scholarly view into the world as it was then.

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I’ve seen a number of Dr. bills presentations. This was as good as any was excellent to watch watch

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The real story of the start of the Revolution

Instead of the places, people, dates, and battles, which was basically how we learned history in school, Dr. Bell takes us into the lives of ordinary people at the cusp of the American Revolution and shows us how British policies pushed American colonists to resist and eventually fight for independence. This was a very exciting, interesting, and scholarly view into the world as it was then.

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Wonderful

I’ve seen a number of Dr. bills presentations. This was as good as any was excellent to watch watch