American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: War in the Heart of America

American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: War in the Heart of 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 most immediate cause of the Civil War was the election of Abraham Lincoln to be the 16th President of the United States. In this conversation, we’ll first examine how Lincoln’s election became the catalyst for a war that would tear the country apart. Next, we’ll look at the Civil War as a military conflict—the largest, most complex, and most devastating war that the world has so far seen. Finally, we’ll scrutinize the origins and consequences of the Emancipation Proclamation as well wartime recruitment, wartime dissent, and the role of women in the war effort.

Dr. Richard Bell is a Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a Ph.D. 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 the 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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