American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: The Road to the Civil War

American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: The Road to the Civil War


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Between 1820 and 1860, slaveholding interests secured an unprecedented hold over all three branches of the federal government of the United States. Those branches poured forth legislation and judicial decisions in that period that dramatically extended slavery’s reach into new territories in this expanding nation. Each of these new pro-slavery milestones angered northerners who were keen to halt slavery’s spread onto free soil, stirring antislavery activists to ever-greater acts of resistance and dissent, and finally propelling a new antislavery political protest organization, the Republican Party and their champion, Abraham Lincoln, into power in Washington in the election of 1860.

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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