Three Fridays: December 3, 10, and 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. ET
The revolutionary era produced some of the most important political texts and autobiographies in American history. Join Richard Bell, a professor of history at the University of Maryland, for short and vivid lectures about each work followed by an inclusive discussion driven by your own comments and questions. The first session opens with Ben Franklin’s famous Autobiography. In the second session, we read Tom Paine’s transformative political pamphlet, Common Sense. The series concludes with the memoir of Joseph Plumb Martin, a Connecticut farmhand who joined the Continental Army when he was just fifteen. Participants should read the week’s book before each session. Three Fridays: December 3, 10, and 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. ET
Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin (9780393935615)
Common Sense, by Thomas Paine (9780393978704)
Ordinary Courage, by Joseph Plumb Martin (9781444351354) Special Order Only
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 and the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.
(This book cannot be returned.)