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Kady Brownell: A Civil War Vivandiere
2 years ago

Kady Brownell: A Civil War Vivandiere

While women today serve in front-line duties, it was not an accepted practice in the past. However, in the Civil War, there are some stories, some legitimate and others questionable, …
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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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Top 20 Greatest Rhode Islanders of All Time: Counting Down from Number 10 to 6
2 years ago

Top 20 Greatest Rhode Islanders of All Time: Counting Down from Number 10 to 6

Here is my list of the greatest Rhode Islanders of all time, numbers ten to six. In my last two articles, I counted down from numbers twenty to eleven, and …
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Top 20 Greatest Rhode Islanders of All Time: Counting Down from Number 15 to 11
2 years ago

Top 20 Greatest Rhode Islanders of All Time: Counting Down from Number 15 to 11

Last week, I gave you my list of the top twenty greatest Rhode Islanders of all time, numbers twenty through sixteen (as well as my honorable mentions and five current …
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Top 20 Greatest Rhode Islanders of All Time:  Counting Down from Number 20 to 16
2 years ago

Top 20 Greatest Rhode Islanders of All Time: Counting Down from Number 20 to 16

This is the first article of four counting down my list of the top twenty greatest Rhode Islanders of all time. In this article, I present the greatest Rhode Islanders, …
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George T. Downing: Rhode Island’s Most Prominent African American Leader
2 years ago

George T. Downing: Rhode Island’s Most Prominent African American Leader

In Rhode Island, slavery was placed on the road to extinction on March 1, 1784, when the General Assembly passed a gradual manumission act making any black born to …
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John M. Hay at Brown University
2 years ago

John M. Hay at Brown University

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John M. Hay is perhaps Brown University’s most illustrious undergraduate. He started his career as assistant secretary to President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. His photographs alongside Lincoln have …
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Two Rhode Islanders Make It Big in Texas: Albert Martin at the Alamo and Shanghai Pierce the Cattle Baron
2 years ago

Two Rhode Islanders Make It Big in Texas: Albert Martin at the Alamo and Shanghai Pierce the Cattle Baron

It is odd but true that the little state of Rhode Island produced two heroes in the giant state of Texas during Texas’s formative years. One hero was Albert Martin …
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Sidney Rider and The Business of Rhode Island History
2 years ago

Sidney Rider and The Business of Rhode Island History

More than any other Rhode Islander of his generation, Sidney S. Rider was in the business of history. Rider was the premier bookseller in Rhode Island in the later part …
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Jemima Wilkinson: the First American-Born Woman to Found a Religious Movement
2 years ago

Jemima Wilkinson: the First American-Born Woman to Found a Religious Movement

Rhode Island can claim as its own Jemima Wilkinson, an important religious prophet and utopian leader in early America. Recently, she has been highlighted in college U.S. history text books …
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