Author Archives: Fred Zilian

Alice Paul and the Silent Sentinels Spearheaded Suffrage Campaign

(This essay is the first in a series on Famous Women. It was originally published by the Newport Daily News on August 29, 2020. ) I am always stunned by the fact that, until one hundred years ago and only … Continue reading

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World War Two Ends with Great Impacts on US

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on August 14, 2020.) Seventy-five years ago today, Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, ending World War II. In 1984, historian, actor, and broadcaster Studs Terkel published an oral history … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Carl Sagan, Part II

(Note: Forty years ago this month, I finished reading Carl Sagan’s book, “The Dragons of Eden.” I wrote him a long letter. He wrote back and asked me two questions. The first: “What would be necessary to make the reader … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Carl Sagan, Part I

(Note: This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on July 25, 2020.) Forty years ago this month, I had just finished reading Carl Sagan’s book, “The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence,” a … Continue reading

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Slavery Today

(Note: This essay was originally published on June 27, 2020, by the Newport Daily News. It is the 10th and final essay in the series: Slavery in Rhode Island. For the complete series, go to http://www.zilianblog.com) To many Americans the … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Marriage and the Family

(Note: An abridged version of this essay was published by the Newport Daily News on June 13, 2020.) Fifty years ago this weekend, my wife, Geri, and I were married on a sun-drenched day at the Catholic church at West … Continue reading

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Little Richard Helped to Birth Rock ’n’ Roll

(Note: This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on May 25, 2020.) The passing of Little Richard earlier this month was a good occasion for me to take an easy stroll down the memory lane of music … Continue reading

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Coronavirus May Generate New Civic Spirit

April 13, 2020 (Note: This essay was originally published at thehill.com on April 23, 2020, as “Could the coronavirus create a new civic spirit in America?”) While the coronavirus does unutterable harm to Americans, it also presents us with a … Continue reading

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50th of Earth Day, Occasion for Hope and Action

(Note: This essay originally appeared on the History News Network (https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/175118, on April 22, 2020. An abridged version of this appeared in the Newport Daily News on the same day.) In his No. 1 hit, “Eve of Destruction,” Barry McGuire … Continue reading

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Forgetting Slavery in Rhode Island

(Note: This is the 9th essay in a series on “Slavery in Rhode Island.” For the complete series, please go to http://www.zilianblog.com. This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News and the Providence Journal on April 13, 2020.) … Continue reading

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