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The French Alliance & The Road to Yorktown

The French Alliance & The Road to Yorktown

The Siege of Yorktown in October 1781 was a decisive win for George Washington’s Continental Army. Yet it was also a triumph for the unlikely wartime alliance forged between patriot revolutionaries and the French King Louis XVI. University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell explores the inside story of this essential alliance as it evolved from small-scale privateering and gun-running into a military partnership that achieved a stunning joint victory at the Yorktown, the climactic battle of the American Revolution.

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About Richard

Dr. Richard Bell is a Professor of History at the University of Maryland and author of the book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home which was a finalist 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 and the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. Dr. Bell serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Registrations open at 1:00pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023

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