Kidnapped into Slavery: The Reverse Underground Railroad with Author Richard Bell

Kidnapped into Slavery: The Reverse Underground Railroad with Author Richard Bell


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Join us for a talk with Dr. Richard Bell, author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home—a finalist for both the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize.

Philadelphia, 1825: five young, free black boys fall into the clutches of the most fearsome gang of kidnappers and slavers in the United States. Lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay, they are instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Over four long months, their kidnappers drive them overland into the Cotton Kingdom to be sold as slaves. Determined to resist, the boys form a tight brotherhood as they struggle to free themselves and find their way home. 

Their ordeal—an odyssey that takes them from the Philadelphia waterfront to the marshes of Mississippi and then onward still—shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.

Richard Bell is 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 which is shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize. 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 Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Based on 7 reviews
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B.G.
Great book! Great seminar!
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V.B.
Brilliant seminar!
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C.B.
Kidnapped into Slavery by Dr. Bell
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N.L.
A fresh and important look at the American past
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A.
Heartbreaking story