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Dirty Work, Clean Money: The Life of Whaling Ship Captain John Deblois and his Wife Henrietta
2 years ago

Dirty Work, Clean Money: The Life of Whaling Ship Captain John Deblois and his Wife Henrietta

Whaling “is a wretched life [of] privations and hardship deprived of friends and society,” John Scott Deblois (1816-1885) wrote in an 1844 letter to his family in Newport. [1] Voyages …
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George T. Downing: Rhode Island’s Most Prominent African American Leader
2 years ago

George T. Downing: Rhode Island’s Most Prominent African American Leader

In Rhode Island, slavery was placed on the road to extinction on March 1, 1784, when the General Assembly passed a gradual manumission act making any black born to …
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Collecting Rhode Island’s Remarkable Election Ballots
2 years ago

Collecting Rhode Island’s Remarkable Election Ballots

Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, and in 1643 Williams obtained a patent from the British crown giving powers of self-government to the towns of Providence, Portsmouth, and …
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David Sherman Baker and the Stolen Election of 1893
2 years ago

David Sherman Baker and the Stolen Election of 1893

By  •  Politics

Life, as anyone who has lived for a time can tell you, is fraught with irony. And sometimes, so it would appear, is death. A case in point is that …
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