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[In Progress] In Defiance of Slavery, Dr. Bell (p.20)

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Frederick Douglass was a visionary‚Äďa prophet who could see a better future that lay just beyond reach. Extraordinarily talented, he put his exceptional gifts to use in the service of freedom, driving American slavery into the grave. Unlike Douglass, John Brown did not live to see the end of slavery. One October night in 1859, Brown hoped to capture Harpers Ferry and arm a nationwide slave revolt. But it all went wrong almost immediately and Brown was hanged having failed to free a single slave. In the first of two sessions, historian Richard Bell explores the life and career of Frederick Douglass and considers his impact upon our modern struggle to advance the cause of black freedom in the United States. In the second, he examines the question: "Why was John Brown's unsuccessful raid so significant to the anti-slavery movement?"


Tuition: $25.00

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Tuesdays, May 4, 11 *4:00-5:15pm* (2 sessions)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Richard Bell, Ph.D., is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He received his doctorate from Harvard University and has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge and the Library of Congress. He is an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.