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The Life Savers: Rhode Island’s Forgotten Service, 1872-1914
9 months ago

The Life Savers: Rhode Island’s Forgotten Service, 1872-1914

[Editor’s note: This article is a synopsis of the book by Varoujan Karentz, The Life Savers, Rhode Island’s Forgotten Service (Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2012), ISBN-13-978-1463791025, and also contains excerpts from …
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Twenty-Six Pirates Hanged at Newport in 1723
9 months ago

Twenty-Six Pirates Hanged at Newport in 1723

[From the Editor:  In the late 17th and early 18h centuries, Rhode Island was a haven for pirates.  That changed in 1723 when Charles Harris and twenty-five other pirates …
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The Story of John Dempsey, Child Laborer at Jackson Mill in Fiskeville, in 1909
9 months ago

The Story of John Dempsey, Child Laborer at Jackson Mill in Fiskeville, in 1909

By  •  Biography

“I was thinking about where [my father] worked as a child and the fact that he died of emphysema. There was dust flying around in those textile mills. I …
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Peter Harrison, Newport’s Master Colonial Architect
10 months ago

Peter Harrison, Newport’s Master Colonial Architect

Born in Yorkshire, England in 1716 (some sources say 14 June, others say 27 July), Peter Harrison was placed at age twelve in an apprenticeship to architect/builder William Etty. He …
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