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Slavery and the American Revolution: Claiming Legal Freedom
After the war, most northern states moved to abolish slavery. Similar proposals in the South faltered and failed, but, as this lecture demonstrates, enslaved people there took matters into their own hands and seized freedom for themselves. An invitation to join this online workshop will be sent to participants 1-2 days prior to the event . Adults. (R)
Dr. Richard Bell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and is author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home. He has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. 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 Historical Society, as an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.