American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: Fighting and Praying in Native America

American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: Fighting and Praying in Native America


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Who made America? This series of talks led by University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell is designed to allow you to dip in and out depending on your interests. It examines how three peoples—Europeans, Natives, and Africans—encountered each other in North America and, through conflict and cooperation, created what became the United States. Together, these lectures provide a great primer on almost every aspect of early American history prior to 1877. But they’re designed as stand-alone offerings, so come on out for whichever topics spark your imagination.

To learn more about this series and view past and future events, click here.

This program contains some short interactive elements.

What did Native peoples do when confronted by European settlement in North America? The changing balance of power between Native Americans and European colonists is one of the biggest stories of the seventeenth century. That tense and constantly shifting relationship provided the context for almost everything that happened in American history before the Revolution.

What were the sources of those conflicts? How did both sides try to appease one other? When and why did cooperation break out or break down? Who had the advantage in wars like the Pequot War, King Philip’s War, and the Yamasee War? Who had the advantage in times of peace? And how does Christianity and the urge to save souls affect Native-European relations across North America?

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 suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Heartbreaking History

This seminar covers the tragic history of beginning of the end for the native peoples in what is now the United States. Learning about the interplay between English colonial settlers and the people who already lived and thrived on the land when they arrived, in a more detailed and nuanced manner, was fascinating, heartbreaking, and important. As usual, Dr. Bell's presentation was fluid, clear, and expert, while his use of primary documents and the way he engaged the participants in conversation was as engaging and stimulating as always,

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D.L.
Great way to spend Mondays!

It is so enjoyable that I just booked the remaining offerings through the middle of April. This is a real treat. Think college class without the homework.

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Heartbreaking History

This seminar covers the tragic history of beginning of the end for the native peoples in what is now the United States. Learning about the interplay between English colonial settlers and the people who already lived and thrived on the land when they arrived, in a more detailed and nuanced manner, was fascinating, heartbreaking, and important. As usual, Dr. Bell's presentation was fluid, clear, and expert, while his use of primary documents and the way he engaged the participants in conversation was as engaging and stimulating as always,

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D.L.
Great way to spend Mondays!

It is so enjoyable that I just booked the remaining offerings through the middle of April. This is a real treat. Think college class without the homework.