The Long Goodbye: The American Revolution in Britain with Richard Bell - Context Travel

The Long Goodbye: The American Revolution in Britain with Richard Bell


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Experience the drama, division, and passion of American Revolution from two different perspectives, the colonial people fighting for independence and the British Parliament struggling to maintain its borders. This conversation, led by an American Revolutionary historian, delves into the British side of the American Revolution.

Seen through American eyes, July 4, 1776 marks a triumphant moment: the birth of a bold new nation committed to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Through British eyes, the American Revolution looked quite different. To the King, of course, the war for independence was an affront, the disproportional response of an ungrateful colonial rabble to all that he and the British Empire had done for them. To leaders in Parliament and the generals in the field, the loss of the colonies was a humiliating defeat that cost them their jobs and permanently crippled their careers.

But beyond Parliament and the palace, British responses to the war were anything but monolithic. The country was bitterly divided as to what the war was about, how to win it, and whether it was worth it. Ordinary Britons vigorously debated every new twist and turn in the unfolding drama. Some grew angry at the toll that the endless years of fighting took on their own lives and livelihoods. Others objected to the war on the basis of conscience, urging reconciliation and peace every chance they got.

Led by an expert on American Revolutionary history, Dr. Richard Bell, this interactive seminar will explore the birth of the United States as seen from the other side of the Atlantic. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for the ways in which the American Revolution was a defining moment for the future of the British Empire.

Dr. Richard Bell is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He has won more than a dozen teaching awards and has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress. He has published a number of books; his latest is "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home".

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.