American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: Contact Points

American History Mondays with Dr. Richard Bell: Contact Points


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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.

Why did the English come to America? By 1592, a century after Columbus first claimed parts of America for the Spanish monarchy, the growing size and wealth of Spain’s overseas empire had begun to make other European powers jealous. In England, Queen Elizabeth I began soliciting plans from the country’s venture capitalists to claim some of that bounty for the English crown. But what sort of outposts could thrive? Trading posts? Plantations? Settler colonies? And how would Native peoples respond to these English newcomers? Over the next fifty years, English settlers built a string of outposts on the other side of the Atlantic, first in the Chesapeake, then in New England, and later in Pennsylvania, creating three wildly different visions of what English settlement in the New World could look like.

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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j.m.
More a class than a lecture

Dr. Bell uses a stimulating interactive "class" environment rather than a lecture format for this series. This is quite different from his "Hamilton" Conversation which I quite enjoyed.

V
V.
Fascinating seminar

American History Mondays with Rick Bell are a chance to delve into the history I haven't learned about since elementary school and which should be studied as an adult and not as a child! as usual, Rick Bell brought to life the insane travails of the colonists and sharpened my understanding of how completely distinct the colonies were from one another in the 1600s, not the unity of 'The Thirteen Colonies, but completely separate enterprises.

K
K.
Great Professor

Dr. Bell is very Informative, entertaining and is a master of his material.

L
L.O.

Another fabulous discussion with Dr. Bell. His ability to educate his "students" in an engaging, thoughtful, and interactive way is truly exceptional. He makes it very easy to learn.

A
A.

Richard Bell has so much information to give us on the subject, and the most interesting and stimulating way of of conveying it.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
71%
(5)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
29%
(2)
0%
(0)
j
j.m.
More a class than a lecture

Dr. Bell uses a stimulating interactive "class" environment rather than a lecture format for this series. This is quite different from his "Hamilton" Conversation which I quite enjoyed.

V
V.
Fascinating seminar

American History Mondays with Rick Bell are a chance to delve into the history I haven't learned about since elementary school and which should be studied as an adult and not as a child! as usual, Rick Bell brought to life the insane travails of the colonists and sharpened my understanding of how completely distinct the colonies were from one another in the 1600s, not the unity of 'The Thirteen Colonies, but completely separate enterprises.

K
K.
Great Professor

Dr. Bell is very Informative, entertaining and is a master of his material.

L
L.O.

Another fabulous discussion with Dr. Bell. His ability to educate his "students" in an engaging, thoughtful, and interactive way is truly exceptional. He makes it very easy to learn.

A
A.

Richard Bell has so much information to give us on the subject, and the most interesting and stimulating way of of conveying it.