Another excellent seminar packed with a balance of historical context and the life of Molly Brant, a Native woman who played a significant role in aiding the British during the American Revolution.
The second installment, as it were, covered another woman who took control of her own life, when at the time, women’s freedoms were very limited. Dr. Bell seems to find those individuals that history has overlooked. His knowledge of the subject, and his being fully engaged with the participants, makes this class feel more like an in person experience than an online lecture. I can’t wait to learn about the next woman of the American Revolution next week.
I hope I don't sound like a broken record when I review Dr. Bell's classes, but he is consistently excellent in his ability to keep me riveted for 90 minutes! His enthusiasm for his historical topics, his engaging teaching methods, his brilliant content whether painting with a broad brush or describing important minute details, his witty sense of humor, and his very complimentary responses to his students are just some of the reasons that make his classes something not to be missed! I recommend Dr. Bell without reservation and urge others to register for his many seminars and courses.
Part one discussed a woman I knew nothing about. Who knew Ben Franklin had a sister he was close to, and she was in the city where it all started. . . Boston.
After a too-long hiatus taken by Rick, it was wonderful to be completely engaged today in his seminar on Jane Mecom, the start of his course on Women and the Revolution. Jane might have been overlooked as one of many tragic female figures during the time of the American Revolution. Rick, however, in his wonderfully enthusiastic teaching style, provided an in depth-history that expanded Jane's image beyond her life of poverty and grief to that of one who read many different sources, shared letters with her brother Benjamin Franklin, developed an interest in politics and became politically active. and developed several businesses to address her financial needs. Though her businesses failed in the context of growing tensions with the British, she appeared to remain resilient, perhaps with the emotional and financial support of her family and friends, her faith in God, and her reluctance to become a burden on others. She is an inspiration to any present-day woman or man, and I am grateful to Rick for his introduction to her.