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The Prisoner-of-War Camps at Forts Getty and Wetherill in Jamestown:  Reeducating World War II German POWs with the Best of Intentions
3 years ago

The Prisoner-of-War Camps at Forts Getty and Wetherill in Jamestown: Reeducating World War II German POWs with the Best of Intentions

This article focuses on the “top secret” World War II German prisoner of war camps at Forts Getty and Wetherill in Jamestown, Rhode Island. A companion article, “The Top Secret …
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The Top Secret World War II Prisoner-of-War Camp at Fort Kearney in Narragansett
3 years ago

The Top Secret World War II Prisoner-of-War Camp at Fort Kearney in Narragansett

The site of the former Fort Kearney, at the end of South Ferry Road and about one mile south of the village of Saunderstown in Narragansett, is now occupied by …
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Newport Philips: A North Kingstown Slave Negotiates his Way to Freedom
3 years ago

Newport Philips: A North Kingstown Slave Negotiates his Way to Freedom

I have no idea exactly when during the mid-eighteenth century that Newport Philips entered this world but I do know the ”where” and the ‘what” of his beginnings. What he …
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Mayor Thomas P. McCoy (the “Prince of Pawtucket”)  and the Building of McCoy Stadium (“McCoy’s Folly”)
3 years ago

Mayor Thomas P. McCoy (the “Prince of Pawtucket”) and the Building of McCoy Stadium (“McCoy’s Folly”)

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[Editor’s Note:  The following article is excerpted from Dan Barry’s Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game (Harper Collins, 2011).  This book focuses on the Pawtucket Red …
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Top 10 Early Rhode Island History Books
3 years ago

Top 10 Early Rhode Island History Books

Rhode Island history books have surrounded me for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Warwick, I remember reading battered copies of such classics as Trumpets in Jericho, …
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