American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: Sex in the Colonial City - Context Travel

American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: Sex in the Colonial City


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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.

What was eighteenth-century sex like? What was marriage like back then? What about sexuality, gender roles, and women’s rights? To answer these questions, we’re going to look first at what sexual culture and sexual freedom looked like in colonial Philadelphia. Then, we’ll look at a peculiar feature of many eighteenth-century marriages: the fact that wives who felt mistreated sometimes deserted their husbands, forcing their estranged and abandoned spouses to use newspaper advertisements to try to disown their wives or suspend their credit in local stores. Finally, we’ll look at all the women in colonial British America who were not married—and what their lives were like as a result of their independence.

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!

Dr. Bell did not disappoint with his Sex in the Colonial City seminar. As always, the material was meticulously prepared and interesting, the seminar timing was perfect, and Dr. Bell employed his usual participation techniques to keep everyone engaged. On top of all this, the subject was sex! Excellent seminar!

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Fascinating seminar!

Dr. Bell did not disappoint with his Sex in the Colonial City seminar. As always, the material was meticulously prepared and interesting, the seminar timing was perfect, and Dr. Bell employed his usual participation techniques to keep everyone engaged. On top of all this, the subject was sex! Excellent seminar!

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