American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: The Great Awakening - Context Travel

American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: The Great Awakening


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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.

The Great Awakening was a major revitalization of Christian faith and practice that swept through the American colonies in the 1700s. It marks the moment at which new faiths began to compete with Puritanism, Anglicanism, and Quakerism for the hearts and minds of American colonists.

But how did it happen—and why? What were preachers like Jonathan Edwards and his Baptist and Methodist competitors saying about heaven and hell, about this world and the world to come? What recruitment strategies did they use to try to grow their denominations? Why did so many Americans respond to them so emphatically? More importantly, what were the consequences of the Great Awakening? What was at stake? Why does it matter today?

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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K.S.
The Great Awakening

Fascinating presentation. My husband and I both felt this was the most interesting presentation we have seen from Context Travel. Dr Bell was engaging and informative. We both appreciated his teaching approach which was interactive. This was an exceptional class.
We plan to enjoy other seminars from Dr Bell.

M
M.T.
The Great Awakening

Another excellent American History Monday session, this time on the first Great Awakening by Dr. Bell. In this session Dr. Bell discusses religious movements in the 1700s (specifically Baptist and Methodist) that competed with the established religious traditions in the colonies. The breadth of his knowledge amazes me; no matter what questions are asked, he is able to provide extensive answers; he also suggests resources for those who are interested in exploring topics in greater depth. I'm looking forward to his session on the second Great Awakening!

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V.
Fascinating

This was a fascinating look at the beginnings of religious institutions that became fundamental to US culture and politics, and remain so to this day, Dr. Bell was on point as always not just with his expertise but with his sense of humor, charm, and engagement with the seminar participants.

J
J.S.
Dynamic lecturer!

Dr. Bell is a very dynamic speaker and able to bring the listener into the story. I became very interested in doing follow up reading and signing up for more of his courses.

A
A.

I love this series of talks! Dr. Bell knows his material, the lectures are well paced and entertaining! I’ve taken many American history classes but none as lively.

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Based on 5 reviews
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K.S.
The Great Awakening

Fascinating presentation. My husband and I both felt this was the most interesting presentation we have seen from Context Travel. Dr Bell was engaging and informative. We both appreciated his teaching approach which was interactive. This was an exceptional class.
We plan to enjoy other seminars from Dr Bell.

M
M.T.
The Great Awakening

Another excellent American History Monday session, this time on the first Great Awakening by Dr. Bell. In this session Dr. Bell discusses religious movements in the 1700s (specifically Baptist and Methodist) that competed with the established religious traditions in the colonies. The breadth of his knowledge amazes me; no matter what questions are asked, he is able to provide extensive answers; he also suggests resources for those who are interested in exploring topics in greater depth. I'm looking forward to his session on the second Great Awakening!

V
V.
Fascinating

This was a fascinating look at the beginnings of religious institutions that became fundamental to US culture and politics, and remain so to this day, Dr. Bell was on point as always not just with his expertise but with his sense of humor, charm, and engagement with the seminar participants.

J
J.S.
Dynamic lecturer!

Dr. Bell is a very dynamic speaker and able to bring the listener into the story. I became very interested in doing follow up reading and signing up for more of his courses.

A
A.

I love this series of talks! Dr. Bell knows his material, the lectures are well paced and entertaining! I’ve taken many American history classes but none as lively.