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Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales: Two Trailblazers in Rhode Island Education
3 years ago

Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales: Two Trailblazers in Rhode Island Education

The story of Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales and the founding of Johnson & Wales University is truly an American success story. Given the times in which they …
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Silas Cooke’s War: the Sufferings of a Civilian on the Front Lines
3 years ago

Silas Cooke’s War: the Sufferings of a Civilian on the Front Lines

By  •  Military

In any war, some of the people who suffer most are almost entirely overlooked by the subsequent histories: the people who happened to live where the fighting occurred or near …
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Tom Dorr: Up Close and Personal
3 years ago

Tom Dorr: Up Close and Personal

Back in the late 1970s, while exercising shared custody of my four oldest children in the wake of a failed first marriage, my Sundays were a time for visits …
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The Fourteenth Regiment Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored) During the Civil War
3 years ago

The Fourteenth Regiment Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored) During the Civil War

By  •  Military

After years of obscurity, the courage and sacrifice of African-American soldiers who fought in the Civil War has been rediscovered by a new generation of Americans. The uncommon valor of …
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