Virtual Lecture - The American Revolution in the Caribbean
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture
Time: 7:30 pm (ET)
In 1775, the British Empire in the New World consisted not of thirteen colonies, but of almost thirty. The largest were on the mainland, but the most valuable were in the Caribbean and Jamaica was the ‘jewel in the Crown,’ a sugar-exporting factory that generated more wealth for Britons that most mainland colonies combined. In this lecture, historian Richard Bell explores how fearful imperial officials worked to split their empire in half, insulating the British West Indies from the contagion of revolution by any means possible.
Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members & Volunteers
About Our Presenter: Dr. Richard Bell is Associate 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. He has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for teaching faculty in the Maryland state system. 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 Historical Society, as an elected member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.