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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
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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: A History (States & the Nation)

By William McLoughlin

W. W. Norton & Company
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Rhode Island: A History (States & 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's Founders: From Settlement to Statehood

By Patrick T. Conley

Brand: The History Press
Released: 2010-03-19
Paperback (160 pages)

Rhode Island s Founders: From Settlement to Statehood
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Dr. Patrick T. Conley, Rhode Island's preeminent historian, journeys with us to early America, where Rhode Island's founders laid the groundwork for America's policy of religious freedom. Learn what led Roger Williams to write The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution and discover how James Franklin, older brother of Benjamin, left a lasting impact on the future of American publishing. Find out why Mary Dyer fought for her religious beliefs until she became one of the "Boston martyrs"; how Anne Hutchinson overcame a male-dominated society to allow women the right to preach and teach; and how General Nathanael Greene helped to liberate the South during the American Revolution. These colorful biographies of political, military and religious leaders, artists and craftsmen, scientists and philanthropists illuminate the beginning of America's smallest state, but one that has always exhibited remarkable diversity.

The Last Good Heist: The Inside Story of The Biggest Single Payday in the Criminal History of the Northeast

By Wayne Worcester & Tim White

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The Last Good Heist: The Inside Story of The Biggest Single Payday in the Criminal History of the Northeast
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On Aug. 14, 1975, eight daring thieves ransacked 148 massive safe-deposit boxes at a secret bank used by organized crime, La Cosa Nostra, and its associates in Providence, R.I. The crooks fled with duffle bags crammed full of cash, gold, silver, stamps, coins, jewels and high-end jewelry. The true value of the loot has always been kept secret, partly because it was ill-gotten to begin with, and partly because there was plenty of incentive to keep its true worth out of the limelight. It's one thing for authorities to admit they didn't find a trace of goods worth from $3 million to $4 million, and entirely another when what was at stake was more accurately valued at about $30 million, the equivalent of $120 million today. It was the biggest single payday in the criminal history of the Northeast. Nobody came close, not the infamous James "Whitey" Bulger, not John "The Dapper Don" Gotti, not even the Brinks or Wells Fargo robbers. The heist was bold enough and big enough to rock the underworld to its core, and it left La Cosa Nostra in the region awash in turmoil that still reverberates more than forty years later. Last Good Heist is the inside story of the robbery and its aftermath.

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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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.

The history of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (Volume 1)

By Thomas Williams Bicknell

Released: 2013-12-08
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The history of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (Volume 1)
 
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The history of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (Volume 1)

Vital Records of Rhode Island Vol. 9

By James N. Arnold

Released: 2013-02-04
Kindle Edition (2749 pages)

Vital Records of Rhode Island Vol. 9
 
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Births, marriages and deaths of Rhode Island from 1636 to 1850.

The Rhode Island Colony (True Books: American History (Paperback))

By Kevin Cunningham

Brand: Scholastic
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The Rhode Island Colony (True Books: American History (Paperback))
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A history of the Rhode Island colony, from the lives of its earliest Indian inhabitants through its involvement in the American Revolution.

Thomas Cooke of Rhode Island: A genealogy of Thomas Cooke, alias Butcher of Netherbury, Dorsetshire, England, who came to Taunton, Massachusetts in 1637 and settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1643

By Jane Fletcher Fiske

J.F. Fiske
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Thomas Cooke of Rhode Island: A genealogy of Thomas Cooke, alias Butcher of Netherbury, Dorsetshire, England, who came to Taunton, Massachusetts in 1637 and settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1643
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 A Genealogy of Thomas Cooke alias Butcher of Netherbury, Dorset, England, who came to Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1637 and settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1643
 
Many Cook/Cooke lines are carried down to 12th and 13th generations. The family spread across the entire United States ¾ in the 17th century to New Jersey, with known concentrations by 1850 in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, and New York State.
Thoroughly documented and based on primary research, this book also gathers together information from various manu­scripts and previously printed sources on the family. Many long-standing errors in print are noted and corrected. A short appendix briefly covers other known early New England Cook families.
 
(1986) Hardcover; 980 + xxv pages  in 2 vols., 7 by 10 in.   ISBN 0-9615790-0-5

Rhode Island Civil War Monuments: A pictorial guide to the Civil War monuments and memorials of Rhode Island from a historical and artistic view

By R.N. Chevalier

Stillwater River Publications
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Rhode Island Civil War Monuments: A pictorial guide to the Civil War monuments and memorials of Rhode Island from a historical and artistic view
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In nearly every town and city in 36 states across America stand monuments and memorials dedicated to a time when brothers fought brothers and fathers fought sons in the bloodiest war in our nation’s history… The American Civil War. Most of these monuments and memorials have stood, silently, watching over their towns and cities while their true meanings have faded into obscurity. Though a significant number of these beautiful monuments and memorials, as well as incredible works of art, stand in full view of the public, few people even notice them simply because they have stood there for generations as other wars took our attention away. A larger portion of these monuments and memorials stand in cemeteries, where some have fallen into disarray. These are surrounded by markers, reminding all who see them, of the sacrifices made by a whole generation so that we, today, can enjoy living as we do. In writing this book, we are attempting to remind future generations of these sacrifices as well as to pay homage to, and show the talents of, the artists who created them. The facts included in this book are those not found in any other works. To the best of our knowledge, this book represents all of the Civil War monuments and memorials throughout Rhode Island, from the smallest to the largest.


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