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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.

Rhode Island Memories II: The 1940s & 1950s

By The Providence Journal

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Rhode Island Memories II: The 1940s & 1950s
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  • Stunning historical photographs of Rhode Island from 1940 through 1959
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Due to the overwhelming popularity of "Rhode Island Memories," The Providence Journal is pleased to announce an all-new hardcover coffee-table book: "Rhode Island Memories II: The 1940s and 1950s." This heirloom-quality book will pick up where the first volume left off and showcase Rhode Island history in the 1940s and 1950s through stunning memorable photos.

Rhode Island: A History (States and the Nation)

By William McLoughlin

W. W. Norton & Company
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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?

Rhode Island Memories: The Early Years

By The Providence Journal

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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 Athenaeum, Providence Public Library, Rhode Island Historical Society, Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association, Rhode Island State Archives, South County History Center, and Tomaquag Museum.

Burning the Gaspee:: Revolution in Rhode Island

By Rory Raven

Brand: The History Press
Released: 2012-05-15
Paperback (128 pages)

Burning the Gaspee:: Revolution in Rhode Island
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This book chronicles the history of the HMS Gaspee, a sloop in the British Royal Navy that was sent to patrol the waters of Narragansett Bay in 1772. The Gaspee cracked down on smugglers and enforced British customs regulation, particularly the Stamp Act. The ship and her captain, William Duddington, were quickly hated by colonists for their campaign of brutality, harassment, and arbitrary enforcement. When the Gaspee ran around in shallow waters, while in pursuit of a colonist merchant ship, they took immediate action. The colonists, led by John Brown and other local notables, burned Gaspee and wounded her captain. This act of revolt preceded the Boston Tea Party by 18 months.

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)

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Before Roger Williams set foot in the New World, the Narragansett farmed corn and squash, hunted beaver and deer, and harvested clams and oysters throughout what would become Rhode Island. They also obtained wealth in the form of wampum, a carved shell that was used as currency along the eastern coast. As tensions with the English rose, the Narragansett leaders fought to maintain autonomy. While the elder Sachem Canonicus lived long enough to welcome both Verrazzano and Williams, his nephew Miatonomo was executed for his attempts to preserve their way of life and circumvent English control. Historian Robert A. Geake explores the captivating story of these Native Rhode Islanders as he chronicles a history of the Narragansett from their early European encounters to the tribes return to sovereignty in the 20th Century.

Untold Stories from World War II Rhode Island (Military)

By Christian McBurney & Varoujan Karentz

The History Press
Released: 2019-10-21
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Untold Stories from World War II Rhode Island (Military)
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Following the success of World War II Rhode Island, author Christian McBurney returns, with new coauthors Norman Desmarais and Varoujan Karentz, to present extraordinary personal stories of local contributions to the war effort. From John F. Kennedy's training as a PT boat commander at Melville to George H.W. Bush's training as a pilot at Charlestown, the smallest state played an oversized role preparing navy officers and sailors. Important innovations are credited here too. Radar used on night-flying aircraft was developed at Jamestown's Spraycliff Observatory and tested at Charlestown, and at Davisville, Seabees developed a pontoon aircraft landing field tested on Narragansett Bay. Scituate was home to the nation's most successful spy listening station. After these and more captivating stories are revealed, the final chapter details existing World War II sites across the state readers can visit.

ITALIAN-AMERICANS IN RHODE ISLAND (RI)

By Joseph R. Muratore

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 1995-11-01
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ITALIAN-AMERICANS IN RHODE ISLAND (RI)
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From humble immigrant beginnings, the Italian-American community in Rhode Island grew to become a significant factor in the state’s development. In government and in business, in religion and in civic
affairs, Italian-Americans in Rhode Island contributed a great deal to the development of their communities. This marvelous new photographic history seeks to recognize those contributors and spotlight their achievements. Covering the period from 1884 to 1996, this volume showcases images from the author’s personal archives, and the collections of local families, the Providence Public Library, and the Coalition of Italian Organizations. Major Italian-American figures in the state’s history are illustrated, and detailed captions offer family histories―including information about the family’s hometown in Italy―and brief summaries of the individual’s achievements. This accessible and colorful presentation will appeal to many who wish to remember the contributions of their ancestors.

Italian-Americans in Rhode Island: Volume II

By Joseph M Muratore

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Italian-Americans in Rhode Island: Volume II
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Rhode Island residents greeted the 1997 publication of a photographic history of their state with much
enthusiasm. The first volume of Italian-Americans in Rhode Island chronicled the Italian-American community's rising significance in the state's development--in government, business, religion, and civic affairs. The author of that volume, Joseph Muratore, has worked again to produce a second book on Italian-Americans in Rhode Island that includes many new images. Italian-Americans in Rhode Island Volume II covers the history of the early Italian settlers, who quickly established themselves in the jewelry business, the manufacturing field, and construction business, thus creating thousands of jobs for the immigrants who followed. With their aggressive ingenuity, Italian-Americans developed, manufactured, and assembled machinery and equipment capable of mass production. In this book, the author captures in photographs the primitive plants and equipment used, the local businesses that the immigrants committed themselves to, and the results of the Italian-Americans' contributions to the economic development of Rhode Island.

A Century Remembered: Memories From the Photo Albums of Warwick Neighbors, 1900-1999. a Pictorial History of Warwick, Rhode Island

By Warwick Beacon

Warwick Beacon
Hardcover (128 pages)

A Century Remembered: Memories From the Photo Albums of Warwick Neighbors, 1900-1999. a Pictorial History of Warwick, Rhode Island
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