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Hidden History of Rhode Island: Not-to-Be-Forgotten Tales of the Ocean State

By Glenn Laxton

Brand: The History Press
Released: 2009-11-27
Paperback (160 pages)

Hidden History of Rhode Island: Not-to-Be-Forgotten Tales of the Ocean State
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Surprising tales and unexpected anecdotes color Rhode Island’s legacy, from the accounts of its three brave Titanic survivors to the whirlwind Revolutionary War romance between a Smithfield girl and a French viscount. Rhode Island historian Glenn Laxton uncovers the exceptional citizens whom history has forgotten, like Robert the Hermit, a man who endured three escapes from slavery before finding liberty and peace in Rumford; the illustrious Lippitt family, who spearheaded advancements in deaf education; and Christiana Bannister, a Narragansett tribe member, nineteenth-century entrepreneur and wife to the most successful African American artist of the time. With moments of tragedy, as in the Lexington steamboat disaster, as well as triumph, as in the case of small-town boy turned baseball hero Joe Connolly, Hidden History of Rhode Island delivers the best Ocean State stories you’ve never heard before.

A Primary Source History of the Colony of Rhode Island (Primary Sources of the Thirteen Colonies and the Lost Colony)

By Joan Axelrod-Contrada

Brand: Rosen Central
Paperback (64 pages)

A Primary Source History of the Colony of Rhode Island (Primary Sources of the Thirteen Colonies and the Lost Colony)
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Using primary sources, this book tells the story of the Rhode Island colony from its initial settlement through the Revolutionary War.

Rhode Island Memories: The Early Years

By The Providence Journal

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Rhode Island Memories: The Early Years
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The Providence Journal is pleased to announce a new hardcover coffee-table book: "Rhode Island Memories: The Early Years." This beautiful heirloom-quality book will show off Rhode Island history from the early years to 1939 through stunning memorable photos. We are thrilled to share images from the archives of The Providence Journal, in addition to images shared by our readers, as well as images carefully selected from the following organizations we are delighted to partner with: Bristol Historical and Preservation Society, Jamestown Historical Society, Newport Historical Society, Pawtucket Public Library, Providence Athenæum, Providence Public Library, Rhode Island Historical Society, Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association, Rhode Island State Archives, South County History Center, and Tomaquag Museum.

Scandalous Newport, Rhode Island (Wicked)

By Larry Stanford

The History Press
Released: 2013-04-02
Paperback (128 pages)

Scandalous Newport, Rhode Island (Wicked)
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Newport, Rhode Island, is renowned for its stunning cliff-side vistas and the luxurious summer homes of the Gilded Age elite. Yet the opulent facades of the City by the Sea concealed the scintillating scandals, eccentric characters and unsolved mysteries of its wealthiest families. Learn how Cornelius Vanderbilt III was cut out of the family's fortune for his unapproved marriage to Grace Wilson and how John F. Kennedy's marriage to a Newport debutante helped to secure his presidency. Travel to the White Horse Tavern, where a vengeful specter still waits for his supposed murderer to return to the scene, and discover the mysterious voyage of the Sea Bird" and its missing crew. Historian Larry Stanford searches the dark corners of Newport's past to expose these scandalous tales and more."

Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island (Early American Places)

By Christy Clark-Pujara

NYU Press
Released: 2018-03-06
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Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island (Early American Places)
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Tells the story of one state in particular whose role in the slave trade was outsized: Rhode Island

Historians have written expansively about the slave economy and its vital role in early American economic life. Like their northern neighbors, Rhode Islanders bought and sold slaves and supplies that sustained plantations throughout the Americas; however, nowhere else was this business so important. During the colonial period trade with West Indian planters provided Rhode Islanders with molasses, the key ingredient for their number one export: rum. More than 60 percent of all the slave ships that left North America left from Rhode Island. During the antebellum period Rhode Islanders were the leading producers of “negro cloth,” a coarse wool-cotton material made especially for enslaved blacks in the American South.

Clark-Pujara draws on the documents of the state, the business, organizational, and personal records of their enslavers, and the few first-hand accounts left by enslaved and free black Rhode Islanders to reconstruct their lived experiences. The business of slavery encouraged slaveholding, slowed emancipation and led to circumscribed black freedom. Enslaved and free black people pushed back against their bondage and the restrictions placed on their freedom. It is convenient, especially for northerners, to think of slavery as southern institution. The erasure or marginalization of the northern black experience and the centrality of the business of slavery to the northern economy allows for a dangerous fiction―that North has no history of racism to overcome. But we cannot afford such a delusion if we are to truly reconcile with our past.

101 Things to Do in Rhode Island

By Gary J. Sikorski

Schiffer Publishing
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101 Things to Do in Rhode Island
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Travel with local resident and photographer Gary J. Sikorski on a tour of 101 things to do and see in this beautiful coastal state. Known for its sandy beaches and quaint seaside towns, the smallest state contains many big wonders. Through more than 300 stunning photographs, explore cramped antique shops in Chepachet, climb historic lighthouse towers on Narragansett Bay, marvel at lavish Great Gatsby-era mansions in Newport, visit world-class art galleries in Providence, climb the rocky cliffs on Block Island, and feast on freshly steamed lobster with the ocean breeze blowing through your hair in Bristol. Captions and text include helpful tips from a local's perspective and other useful information. Handy maps of the state, Newport, Providence, and Block Island are also included. Whether it’s your first trip to the Ocean State or you’re a local, you are sure to find something new and exciting that Rhode Island has to offer.

Rhode Island History & Genealogy on DVD - 71 Books on Ancestry, Records, Family

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Rhode Island History & Genealogy on DVD - 71 Books on Ancestry, Records, Family
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The Ultimate History and Genealogy Collection of Rhode Island. Make no mistake, this is the most complete collection of Rhode Island History and Genealogy on DVD found anywhere on the Planet at the lowest possible cost. 71 - Books on 1 DVD. An essential resource for Genealogists Scanned images of every page, in Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF format. It's like having the actual book in front of you. Works with any computer and is easy to use, read, resize or print from. These books on DVD are SEARCHABLE. What is "Searchable"? Simply type in a word, name, place or phrase and the "Find" function will locate the word wherever it exists within the text. The process only takes a few minutes per book. Saves you hours in searching these books for the information you want. Your Ancestors are waiting to be Discovered.

History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

By SAMUEL GREENE ARNOLD.

Brand: Nabu Press
Paperback (598 pages)

History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
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A History of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island: Keepers of the Bay (American Heritage)

By Robert A. Geake

Brand: The History Press
Released: 2011-04-29
Paperback (160 pages)

A History of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island: Keepers of the Bay (American Heritage)
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Rhode Island: A History (States and the Nation)

By William McLoughlin

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Rhode Island: A History (States and the Nation)
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With a Historical Guide prepared by the editors of the American Association for State and Local History.

High atop the Rhode Island capitol in Providence, a bronze likeness of "The Independent Man" keeps watch over a state that historically has put the ideal of individual liberty before all others. Like many ideals, this one was freighted with many meanings. As the colony grew in the seventeenth century, the belief in religious liberty and freedom of conscience espoused by its founder, Roger Williams, led to the development of political liberty and practical democracy. In the eighteenth century, that dedication to individualism made Rhode Islanders into businessmen of the first order, willing to take the big risk in hope of a bigger reward. Their land being poor in natural resources, Rhode Islanders turned to trade; accumulating wealth from traffic in rum and slaves, they built in Newport and Providence small but elegant copies of Georgian England, and worried more about taxes and currency than about religion. When they felt poorly served by British policies, they became ready revolutionaries and led in the founding of a new nation. After the Civil War, their children took individual liberty to mean economic laissez-faire, ushering in the state's golden age when Rhode Island senator Nelson Aldrich became known as the "general manager" of the United States.

Through countless changes in the twentieth century, the ideal still survives and asks old questions of new generations of Rhode Islanders from many ethnic backgrounds: How best to reconcile the rights of minorities with the rule of the majority, and how best to secure the individual liberty and economic opportunity that Roger Williams and Moses Brown would have understood so well?


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