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Rhode Island’s Greatest Steamship Disasters
14 hours ago

Rhode Island’s Greatest Steamship Disasters

It should come as no surprise, considering its rich maritime history spanning almost 400 years, that Rhode Island has had numerous marine disasters. As you might suspect, both sailing …
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The Narragansett Planters: Commercial Agriculture in Colonial South County
7 days ago

The Narragansett Planters: Commercial Agriculture in Colonial South County

The legend of Hannah Robinson is a part of South County folklore that intersects with the history of the Narragansett Planters. Beautiful Hannah fell in love with her charming French …
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Ethnic Politics in Rhode Island: The Case of the Franco Americans
2 weeks ago

Ethnic Politics in Rhode Island: The Case of the Franco Americans

Rhode Island political history has been characterized by passion and turbulence. One reason for this volatility is the importance of ethnic and religious factors as determinants of voting behavior.

Until …
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La Langue, La Foi, et La Patrie: The Arrival of the Franco-Americans
3 weeks ago

La Langue, La Foi, et La Patrie: The Arrival of the Franco-Americans

The emigration of French Canadians to the United States, particularly New England, during the period from 1860 to 1924 caused a depletion of the Quebec countryside. By 1900 more than …
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Memories of a Boy Growing up at Watch Hill During World War II
1 month ago

Memories of a Boy Growing up at Watch Hill During World War II

By  •  Military

I was nine years old when the war started and fourteen when it ended, so these memories are through the eyes and ears of a youngster. It was also …
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Three Recent Historical Novels with Revolutionary (and Slave-Holding) Rhode Island as the Backdrop
1 month ago

Three Recent Historical Novels with Revolutionary (and Slave-Holding) Rhode Island as the Backdrop

This is the third article in a row providing book reviews of recent Rhode Island history books. Surprisingly, each of the three books here is a historical novel that …
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Some Recent Rhode Island History Books for the Holidays
2 months ago

Some Recent Rhode Island History Books for the Holidays

The last two years, 2017 and 2016, were good ones for the publication of Rhode Island history books. This week, I review some of them. Last week, Christian McBurney …
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Some Recent Rhode Island History Books for Your Reading Pleasure
2 months ago

Some Recent Rhode Island History Books for Your Reading Pleasure

The year 2017 was another good one for the publication of Rhode Island history books.  While we cannot possibly review all of them, I review several of them below …
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The 103rd Field Artillery on the Western Front in World War I
2 months ago

The 103rd Field Artillery on the Western Front in World War I

While tiny Rhode Island contributed her fair share of men to serve in the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps during World War I, only one organized unit of …
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Welcome Aboard the USS Rumford
2 months ago

Welcome Aboard the USS Rumford

By  •  Military

When the United States declared war on Germany and Austria-Hungary on April 6, 1917 and entered the Great War, it created an urgent need to train members of the armed …
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