#394 Reverse Underground Railroad – Richard Bell

Oct 21, 2019 | Art of Living

Reverse Underground Railroad – Richard Bell

Smithsonian Associates Author Interview Series, The Not Old Better Show

Welcome to the Not Old Better Show, I’m your host Paul Vogelzang, and this is episode number 394. Today’s show is brought to you by Air Med Care Network.com. (https://www.airmedcarenetwork.com)

As part of our Smithsonian Associates, Art of Living Author Interview series, our guest today is Richard Bell. Dr. Richard Bell, a previous guest on the show, and a fan favorite is a distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland.

Today on The Not Old Better Show we’ll be talking with Dr. Richard Bell, who will be presenting at the Smithsonian Associates program, titled The Reverse Underground Railroad: Slavery and Kidnapping in Pre-Civil War America. Check out our web site for more details about this excellent upcoming program.

Briefly, we’ll be speaking with Dr. Bell today to answer questions about The Reverse Underground Railroad. What on earth was the motive? Richard Bell associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, examines the prevalence of this heinous practice, the routes the kidnappers took, and the techniques they used to lure free black people. He considers the dramatic impact these kidnappings had on American history: accelerating the spread of slavery into new corners of the country, radicalizing black communities across the free states, and focusing the public’s attention for the first time on the suffering of black families forcibly separated by slavery.

That, of course, is our guest today, Dr. Richard Bell, reading from his new book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home. Remember, Dr. Richard Bell will be presenting at the Smithsonian Associates program titled The Reverse Underground Railroad: Slavery and Kidnapping in Pre-Civil War America, November 6, 2019, 6:45 PM at the Ripley Center.

Please join me and Dr. Richard Bell today, via internet phone…

My thanks to https://www.airmedcarenetwork.com for sponsoring today’s show, and my special thanks to Dr. Richard Bell for joining me today.

Links and ticket details for Dr. Richard Bell’s presentation, The Reverse Underground Railroad: Slavery and Kidnapping in Pre-Civil War America are available at NotOld-Better.com and the Smithsonian Associates web site (https://smithsonianassociates.org/Ticketing/tickets/reverse-underground-railroad-slavery-and-kidnapping-in-pre-civil-war-america), all of which we’ll link to. And, thanks always to the wonderful Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show. Talk About Better. The Not Old Better Show. Thanks, everybody.

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