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“I’m a Good Old Rebel:” Ocean State Confederates
12 months ago

“I’m a Good Old Rebel:” Ocean State Confederates

From 1861 to 1865, nearly 24,000 men served in the Union Army in Rhode Island units during the Civil War, or were credited to Rhode Island; approximately 2,000 of these …
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Rhode Island’s Founding Documents: The Rhode Island Patent of March 1643/44 and the Acts and Orders of 1647
1 year ago

Rhode Island’s Founding Documents: The Rhode Island Patent of March 1643/44 and the Acts and Orders of 1647

This 2014 essay, inspired by my penchant for observing historical anniversaries, was written as a Providence Journal commentary. It came to the attention of Professor Stephen Schechter, who was preparing …
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Peter Gerry, Former U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, is in the News Today
1 year ago

Peter Gerry, Former U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, is in the News Today

Peter Gerry, a former U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, is back in the news. This is surprising because he is now almost forgotten in Rhode Island’s history, despite his being …
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