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Virtual Lecture – White Man’s President? Debating Abraham Lincoln’s Racial Politics

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture

Time: 7:00 pm (EDT)

This talk with Dr. Richard Bell explains one of the most vexing aspects of Lincoln’s racial politics, his long-standing support for something called colonization—the government-promoted settlement of free Black Americans beyond the borders of the United States. We’ll also balance that by illuminating his impressive re-imagining of the Constitution and help listeners understand how he and his antislavery contemporaries refashioned that proslavery document into a blueprint to attack racial bondage. Finally, we’ll explain how Lincoln’s government in Washington, his commanders in the field, and enslaved people across this battered, fracturing nation all took decisive action to drive American slavery into the grave.

Registration required. Registration closes one half hour prior to lecture.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members, Military, and HA Docents


Can’t watch the lecture live? We invite you to register; all registrants will receive a link to the recording of the lecture to watch at their convenience. The lecture recording will be available for two weeks. Live closed captioning is available for all lectures.

This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Cara Garside at To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.


Dr Richard BellAbout 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. 


The information contained in the HA Virtual Lecture series represents the historical research, views and opinions of the lecture presenter and may not represent the views or opinions of Historic Annapolis, Inc.

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