Virtual Lecture - America's Birth Certificate: The Declaration of Independence
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture
Time: 7:30 pm (EST)
The Declaration of Independence is a peculiar thing. It’s a literary masterpiece that was written jointly by a committee of fifty people. It’s short and punchy—just 1310 words long—but still somehow daunting and difficult to get to grips with (there’s a reason most of us have never read it in full and can only quote the first third of its second sentence). And what is it exactly? Is it a birth certificate announcing happy news, or a petition for divorce full of grievance and score-settling, or something else? Is it aimed at the American people, or King George, or someone else? Was it the first ever declaration of independence, or a cheap imitation of a genre already well established? What did people at the time make of it? What did it change? Why does it matter? Join University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell as we tackle the fascinating origins, misunderstood purpose, and extraordinary global legacy of the Declaration of Independence.
Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers
This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Carolyn Currin at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.
About our Presenter: Dr. Richard Bell is 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, which is shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriett Tubman Prize. He has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for teaching faculty in the Maryland state system. 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 Massachusetts Historical Society, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.