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From Saints to Bootleggers: The Struggle for Temperance and Prohibition in Kent County, 1805-1937.  Part II: Prohibition and the Gangster Carl Rettich, 1920-1937
3 years ago

From Saints to Bootleggers: The Struggle for Temperance and Prohibition in Kent County, 1805-1937. Part II: Prohibition and the Gangster Carl Rettich, 1920-1937

In Kent County, after more than a century of temperance supporters promoting laws banning the sale of alcohol, and the sometimes, violent opposition to such efforts, those in the temperance …
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From Saints to Bootleggers:  The Struggle for Temperance and Prohibition in Kent County, 1805-1937 Part I:  The Struggle for Temperance, 1805-1889
3 years ago

From Saints to Bootleggers: The Struggle for Temperance and Prohibition in Kent County, 1805-1937 Part I: The Struggle for Temperance, 1805-1889

Early ministers in Rhode Island, traveling from place to place to preach, often spoke out against various vices. For example, in his 1754 journal, the Reverend Jacob Bailey of Massachusetts …
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Providence’s Merchants Influence the State to Ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1790
3 years ago

Providence’s Merchants Influence the State to Ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1790

There is perhaps no better known expression from the American Revolutionary period than “no taxation without representation.” In July 1768, Silas Downer, a member of the Providence Sons of Liberty, …
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