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Rhode Island: A History (States and the Nation)

By William McLoughlin

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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?

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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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.

History of Rhode Island (Classic Reprint)

By Edward Peterson

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History of Rhode Island (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from History of Rhode Island

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

By Joan Axelrod-Contrada

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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.

Historic Tales of Colonial Rhode Island:: Aquidneck Island and the Founding of the Ocean State (American Chronicles)

By Richard V. Simpson

The History Press
Released: 2012-11-27
Paperback (176 pages)

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Roger Williams purchased the fertile Aquidneck Island from the Narragansett tribe in 1637. It was here that Anne Hutchinson, along with William Coddington and other colonists who had been banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, found shelter from persecution. The intrepid dissenters of Rhode Island Colony saw their community flourish with the founding of Portsmouth and Newport townships. The Battle of Rhode Island was the only clash between American colonials and the British on Rhode Island soil during the Revolutionary War. From the mercantile success of the Atlantic triangle trade routes to the establishment of the United States Navy, noted historian Richard V. Simpson brings these and other stories from the Ocean State to life. Join Simpson as he explores the landmarks and architecture of the period to discover the remnants of Rhode Island's colonial past.

Rhode Island Legends:: Haunted Hallows & Monsters' Lairs

By M.E. Reilly-McGreen

The History Press
Released: 2012-06-05
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Rhode Island's ghostly heritage is as deep and profound as the history of the state itself. From the ghastly moaning bones of Mount Tom to the stately haunt of Judge Potter in a local library, Rhode Island's apparitions have been causing fear for centuries. Follow M.E. Reilly-McGreen as she reveals the ghoulish stories of the state's most haunted places. The author delves deep to unearth tales of fright little known to most as well as those that have helped define the state's supernatural history. From ghosts to monsters, this book is your guide to all things spooky in Rhode Island. So prepare to journey though the Rhode Island you didn't know existed, or does it?

Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island: Comprising Three Generations of Settlers who came Before 1690

By John Osborne Austin

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Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island: Comprising Three Generations of Settlers who came Before 1690
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This legendary work consists of alphabetically arranged genealogical tables of approximately 500 Rhode Island families, representing thousands of descendants of pre--1690 settlers, all carried to the third generation, and some--about 100 families-- carried to the fourth.

Hidden and Forgotten Places of Rhode Island History

By Robert A. Geake

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Hidden and Forgotten Places of Rhode Island History
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In the smallest state of the union lie many historical sites-some remembered, many forgotten. Join local historian Robert A. Geake in exploring and uncovering some of the places, people, and icons that are part of Rhode Island's history.

Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War (Civil War Series)

By Frank L. Grzyb

The History Press
Released: 2013-09-03
Paperback (224 pages)

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The smallest state to defend the Union and one far from the battlefront, Rhode Island's stories of the Civil War are often overlooked. From Brown University's John M. Hay, later to become Lincoln's assistant secretary, to the city of Newport's role as the temporary headquarters for the U.S. Naval Academy, the Civil War history of the Ocean State is a fascinating if little-known tale. Few know that John Wilkes Booth visited Newport to meet his supposed fiancee just nine days before he assassinated President Lincoln. The state also contributed several high-ranking officers to the Union effort and, more surprisingly, two prominent officers to the Confederacy. Remarkably, Kady Southwell Brownell also openly served as a soldier in a Rhode Island infantry regiment. Join author Frank L. Grzyb as he investigates Rhode Island's rich Civil War history and unearths century-old stories that have since faded into obscurity.

Colonial Rhode Island: A history (A History of the American colonies)

By Sydney V James

Scribner
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Colonial Rhode Island: A history (A History of the American colonies)
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