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About Christian McBurney

Christian McBurney is an independent historian who has authored the recently released Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island (History Press, 2014) and Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee and Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014). He previously authored The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2011). He has authored a number of articles for the Rhode Island History and Newport History magazines and Pettaquamscutt Historical Society newsletter. For more information on these books and articles, see christianmcburney.com. He resides in the Washington, D.C. area, after being raised in Kingston, R.I., attending South Kingstown High School, and obtaining his undergraduate degree from Brown University. He frequently returns to Rhode Island to give book lectures and visit his family.
Latest Posts | By Christian McBurney
Depression-Era Photographer Visits Kenyon Grist Mill
1 month ago

Depression-Era Photographer Visits Kenyon Grist Mill

Rhode Island is fortunate to still have five working grist mills, four of which are open to the public. One of them stone grinds, produces and sells johnnycake meal as …
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Coast Guard Machine-Guns Monolola and Other Rumrunners in Narragansett Bay
2 months ago

Coast Guard Machine-Guns Monolola and Other Rumrunners in Narragansett Bay

Military forces fired no shots in anger in Narragansett Bay during either World War I or World War II. But during the intervening years, thousands of rounds of machine gun …
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Interview with Maury Klein about his Book,  A Call To Arms, Mobilizing America for World War II
4 months ago

Interview with Maury Klein about his Book, A Call To Arms, Mobilizing America for World War II

[From the editor: Maury Klein is one of Rhode Island’s most prominent authors writing history books for a national audience. A long-time professor at the University of Rhode Island, he …
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Judith Sternberg Newman, Holocaust Survivor, Builds a New Life in Richmond
5 months ago

Judith Sternberg Newman, Holocaust Survivor, Builds a New Life in Richmond

When I was about fourteen years old, sifting through the world history section at the Kingston Free Library, I came across a book by Judith Sternberg Newman, who then …
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Elisabeth Sheldon: Her Summers of 1944 and 1945 on Narragansett Bay
6 months ago

Elisabeth Sheldon: Her Summers of 1944 and 1945 on Narragansett Bay

Elisabeth Kellog Sheldon knew she was fortunate. Known as Betty, she enjoyed her privileged upbringing that included attending private boarding schools and a private college. Now here she was …
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From Slaves to Soldiers Book Review by Christian McBurney
6 months ago

From Slaves to Soldiers
Book Review by Christian McBurney

From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution, by Robert Geake (Westholme, 2016)

Author Robert A. Geake, an established author of early Rhode Island history …
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Pearl Harbor Attack Panics Rhode Islanders
12 months ago

Pearl Harbor Attack Panics Rhode Islanders

[This article commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and will appear as Chapter 1 in an upcoming book by five smallstatebighistory authors titled World War II …
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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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The South Kingstown Town Council Refuses to Free Patience, a Slave
1 year ago

The South Kingstown Town Council Refuses to Free Patience, a Slave

With the ideology of equality and natural rights permeating American culture after the Revolutionary War, the system of slavery that had been quietly introduced in the American colonies in colonial …
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Top 20 Greatest Rhode Islanders of All Time: Counting Down from Number 5 to 1
2 years ago

Top 20 Greatest Rhode Islanders of All Time: Counting Down from Number 5 to 1

In the last three weeks, I gave you my list of the top fifteen greatest Rhode Islanders of all time. The following famous Rhode Islanders fill out my top five …
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