The War of 1812: Out of History’s Shadows with Dr. Richard Bell

The War of 1812: Out of History’s Shadows with Dr. Richard Bell


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The War of 1812 is the most misunderstood war in American history. Its causes, course, and consequences have long been obscured by the shadows cast by two great American conflicts that are its chronological bookends: the American Revolution and the Civil War. In this seminar, Dr. Richard Bell will discuss this momentous war as a watershed moment in the history of a young republic.

Fought on three fronts, including on the streets of Washington, DC, the War of 1812 unfolded on a grand continental canvas. Like the American Revolution that preceded it, it combined bloody battlefield skirmishes with dramatic home-front conflicts that pitted neighbors and communities against one another. Like the Civil War that followed a half-century later, it was also a struggle involving slavery and slaveholding in which enslaved people themselves would claim decisive roles.

Despite its famously inconclusive outcome, the war once and for all established the credibility of the newly formed United States among its European rivals and decisively secured its independence from Great Britain. It also entrenched states’ rights ideology across the slaveholding South and unleashed the new nation’s own imperial ambitions. However, these experiences came at an extraordinary human cost, which Bell illuminates as he talks about the ordinary soldiers and seamen, merchants and laborers, enslaved Africans and Native Americans, whose wartime experiences have long been overlooked.

Led by an expert on American History, Richard Bell, this interactive seminar will explore the often misunderstood war of 1812 and its links to both the Revolution to the Civil War. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how the war cemented American citizens’ sense of themselves as a nation apart and the human costs of the conflict.

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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Sue (Minneapolis, US)
Excellent Program

This program answered questions I didn't know I had about this mostly forgotten time in our country's history. Dr. Bell is a lively presenter who knows how to keep a topic interesting and your attention on point. This is the first seminar I've taken from him but won't be the last!

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Lawrence Davidson (Great Neck, US)
Outstanding Class

This was a terrific class. Dr. Bell is a very compelling speaker and I learned so much.

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Oliva Espin (San Diego, US)
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I learned a lot. As always from Dr. Bell

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L Gardner (Newport Beach, US)
Absolutely Brilliant!

Dr Richard Bell is a gifted academician and speaker. He is full of interesting details and brings clarity and rigor to his discussion of the War of 1812.

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john t (Houston, US)
Unknown war

What more can be said of another of Dr Bell’s tour de force -nothing. As usual his enthusiasm and knowledge is wonderful providing a ray of sunshine in the pandemic time

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
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(11)
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Sue (Minneapolis, US)
Excellent Program

This program answered questions I didn't know I had about this mostly forgotten time in our country's history. Dr. Bell is a lively presenter who knows how to keep a topic interesting and your attention on point. This is the first seminar I've taken from him but won't be the last!

L
Lawrence Davidson (Great Neck, US)
Outstanding Class

This was a terrific class. Dr. Bell is a very compelling speaker and I learned so much.

O
Oliva Espin (San Diego, US)
No title

I learned a lot. As always from Dr. Bell

L
L Gardner (Newport Beach, US)
Absolutely Brilliant!

Dr Richard Bell is a gifted academician and speaker. He is full of interesting details and brings clarity and rigor to his discussion of the War of 1812.

j
john t (Houston, US)
Unknown war

What more can be said of another of Dr Bell’s tour de force -nothing. As usual his enthusiasm and knowledge is wonderful providing a ray of sunshine in the pandemic time