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Rhode Island’s Italian-American Political Pioneers
4 months ago

Rhode Island’s Italian-American Political Pioneers

The hallmark of a great democracy is that its leaders reflect the composition of the electorate. It has been the case that for each new wave of immigrants the first …
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Rhode Island: A State for Sale
9 months ago

Rhode Island: A State for Sale

[From the editor: The most famous article ever written about Rhode Island is almost certainly the article below by the legendary muckraker Lincoln Steffens, which ran in the February 1905 …
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Rhode Island’s Electoral College Controversy in the Presidential Election of 1876
1 year ago

Rhode Island’s Electoral College Controversy in the Presidential Election of 1876

This essay was published as a Providence Journal commentary on December 6, 2012 in the aftermath of the Obama-McCain presidential contest. It was prompted by continuing speculation that population …
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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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Filibuster, Fisticuffs and a Bomb:  The Battle for the 1924 Rhode Island Senate
1 year ago

Filibuster, Fisticuffs and a Bomb: The Battle for the 1924 Rhode Island Senate

It was, the Providence News reported in its May 13, 1924, edition, “[t]he greatest political battle in the State of Rhode Island since the Dorr Rebellion.” Not surprisingly, …
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Collecting Rhode Island’s Remarkable Election Ballots
2 years ago

Collecting Rhode Island’s Remarkable Election Ballots

Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, and in 1643 Williams obtained a patent from the British crown giving powers of self-government to the towns of Providence, Portsmouth, and …
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David Sherman Baker and the Stolen Election of 1893
2 years ago

David Sherman Baker and the Stolen Election of 1893

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Life, as anyone who has lived for a time can tell you, is fraught with irony. And sometimes, so it would appear, is death. A case in point is that …
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