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

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


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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.

Dr. Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Award. Professor Bell is author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home, which was shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize.

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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