Author Archives: Fred Zilian

Anne Hutchinson: Founding Mother of Religious Tolerance

Three hundred eighty years ago, the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony convicted Anne Hutchinson of heresy and banished her from the colony. More than just a founding mother of Portsmouth, RI, she can be considered a founding mother of … Continue reading

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Building American Civicism

(A version of this essay was published as “What It Means to Be a Good Citizen in the Age of Colin Kaepernick” by TheHill.com, on 11-17-17.) GQ’s recent selection of Colin Kaepernick as a “man of the year,” specifically “citizen … Continue reading

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A “Chinese Century” of Leadership in Clean Energy?

(This essay was originally published as “We are paving the way for Chinese dominance in clean energy,” by The Hill [online] on November 12, 2017.) For early baby-boomers, the federal government’s release on November 3 of the comprehensive science report … Continue reading

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Martin Luther: Courageous Challenger of the Church

(Originally published by the Newport Daily News on October 31, 2017.) Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther initiated the Protestant Reformation with his 95 Theses, challenging the pope’s authority and denouncing the sale of indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church. … Continue reading

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Part X: Judging the Unconventional Patriotic Citizen

(A version of this essay was originally published as  “How Should We Judge Unconventional Patriotic Citizens Like Snowden and Kaepernick?”  by the History News Network-online on October 15, 2017.) This is the tenth essay in a series devoted to examining … Continue reading

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Part IX: Citizenship in the Age of Donald Trump

(A version of this essay was originally published as “What Makes a Good Citizen?” in the Newport Daily News on September 30, 2017, and as “What Citizenship Means Keeps Changing,” on October 8, 2017, by the History News Network-online) This … Continue reading

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Part VIII: Citizenship in the Age of Edward Snowden and Colin Kaepernick

This is the eighth essay in a series devoted to examining citizenship and the American citizen, the rights, duties, and norms of which have become ever more contentious since the divisive Sixties. They have become especially relevant in recent years … Continue reading

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