American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: The Battle for America

American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: The Battle for America


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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 French and Indian War (1756-1763) was a war for America’s future, an epic struggle between Britain and France to control the American continent. We’ll examine the parts of this global conflict that took place on American soil and track the shifting fortunes of the several European forces and their native and colonial American allies. Finally, we’ll examine the peculiar legacy of American colonists’ involvement. How did their participation reinforce a sense of themselves as essential partners in the British Empire and sow the seeds of the imperial crisis that would culminate just 20 years later in American independence? Note: this seminar repeats content from a stand-alone seminar previously offered with the same title.

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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Fascinating seminar

This seminar was really interesting in laying out the struggle between the French and the British for dominance in America as manifested in the French and Indian War. There were numerous times during the seminar when I had 'ah ha' moments from connecting the dots of different parts of early American history that I had never connected before. Dr. Bell's presentation was really well-organized and lucid, his slides really enhanced his lecture, and as always his own passion for the topic and his sense of humor had me riveted to the seminar.

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Fascinating seminar

This seminar was really interesting in laying out the struggle between the French and the British for dominance in America as manifested in the French and Indian War. There were numerous times during the seminar when I had 'ah ha' moments from connecting the dots of different parts of early American history that I had never connected before. Dr. Bell's presentation was really well-organized and lucid, his slides really enhanced his lecture, and as always his own passion for the topic and his sense of humor had me riveted to the seminar.