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Roger Williams: A Rhode Island and American Founder
2 years ago

Roger Williams: A Rhode Island and American Founder

Roger Williams stepped on the shores of New England for the first time in February of 1631. He had escaped from England, where English governmental authorities were attempting to eliminate …
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A Rhode Islander in the Freedmen’s Bureau
2 years ago

A Rhode Islander in the Freedmen’s Bureau

In the final days of the Civil War, the U.S. Congress established an agency within the War Department that was to have far reaching powers in terms of setting social …
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A German U-Boat in Newport Harbor During World War I
2 years ago

A German U-Boat in Newport Harbor During World War I

Many Rhode Islanders are familiar with the sinking of the German submarine U-853 off Block Island in May of 1945 in the waning days of World War II. But U-boats …
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“So Neare As We May Judge:” Jury Duty in Early Rhode Island
2 years ago

“So Neare As We May Judge:” Jury Duty in Early Rhode Island

The early court system of Providence was established in its first code of law in 1640, with a body of “five desposers” to ”meete upon gennerall ocations” and look after …
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