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Stolen, a Book Talk with Richard Bell

The Department of History is pleased to present this book talk with author and historian, Richard Bell.

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“Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home”

Monday, February 10, 2020
Noon–1:30 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union, Room 146
Crater Lake North Room
This event is free and open to the public

Guest speaker Richard Bell discusses his research and the story behind his new book, Stolen, which covers the grim history of human trafficking and slave traders who “stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.”

A gripping and true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice, reminiscent of Twelve Years a Slave and Never Caught.

Dr. Richard Bell is Associate 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 (2019). 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.

Learn more about Richard Bell and this book at and