Students of US history will recall the "triangle trade/middle passage" version of how slavery came to the American mainland. Dr. Bell takes a deep dive into the Caribbean origins of that history. We learn about English economic history as well as the geography of Barbados and Jamaica in this seminar. As usual, Dr. Bell engages the participants by throwing out questions and then processing several responses before summarizing the research on important turning points in this history. Definitely recommended!
Dr. Bell presents a clear and easy to follow history of the origins of American slavery. His style is both educational and entertaining while encouraging a great amount of oral participation and exchange of ideas. I will definitely participate in future conversations with Dr. Richard Bell.
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What I love about Rick Bell's seminars is how he builds history one step at a time until you suddenly see a larger picture. This seminar was no exception. He illuminated the different threads that led to slavery being deployed in South Carolina and the underlying conditions needed for slavery to be essential for the success of a planter class in the south,