Author Archives: Fred Zilian

The Business of Slavery in Colonial Newport

(Note: This is the third essay in a series on “Slavery in Rhode Island.” This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on January 26, 2019.) The histories of colonial Newport and of slavery in the New World … Continue reading

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The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19

(This essay was originally published as “Remembering the Great Influenza Pandemic” by the Newport Daily News on December 17, 2018.) One hundred years ago this month the world was celebrating the end of World War I; however, it was still … Continue reading

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The Armistice Ends the “Great War”

(This essay was originally published by The Newport Daily News on November 10, 2018.) One hundred years ago, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918, the armistice—the cessation of fighting—took effect, ending the … Continue reading

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Can I Really Be 70!?

(This essay was originally published by The Newport Daily News on October 11, 2018.) Dear Readers, I am stunned to look at my calendar and realize I shall this month reach the distinguished age of 70. Tell me how this … Continue reading

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Real Heroes and Fake Heroes

(Note: This essay was originally published as “A Missed Opportunity to Celebrate True Heroes,” by The Hill on September 7, 2018. http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/405404-a-missed-opportunity-to-celebrate-true-heroes ) In his reaction to the passing of John McCain, a true American hero, President Trump regrettably has … Continue reading

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The Battle of Rhode Island (Part II)

(This essay was originally published as “Recounting the Battle of Rhode Island,” by the Newport Daily News on August 29, 2018.) (Note: This is the second of two essays, celebrating the 240th anniversary of the battle.) The American victory in … Continue reading

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The Battle of Rhode Island (Part I)

(This essay was originally published as “Recounting the Battle of Rhode Island” by the Newport Daily News on August 28, 2018.) (Note: This is the first of two essays, celebrating the 240th anniversary of the battle.) Beginning with the Sugar … Continue reading

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