Virtual Lecture - Slavery and the American Revolution
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture
Time: 7 pm (EST)
Join Dr. Richard Bell for his first lecture of the 2022 HA Virtual Lecture Series. It is the first of several lectures which will look at the impact of the American Revolution on the institution of slavery.
The American Revolution was a transformative moment in African American history, a freedom war second only to the Civil War in significance. Over eight long years of war, both the Continental Army and the British Army appealed to Black Americans for manpower. This lecture argues that chaos of the war itself brought many enslaved men new opportunities for independence, not least when the British Army began promising freedom to those who might be willing to desert their rebel masters and join the King’s regiments.
This Virtual Lecture is made possible in part by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.
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.