Author Archives: Fred Zilian

Song “Aquarius” Beamed Hope during Chaotic Sixties

(Note: This essay was originally published as “50 Years of ‘Aquarius,’” in the Newport Daily News on April 27, 2019.) It is quite a feat for a song to achieve the #1 position on the Billboard charts, let alone to … Continue reading

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Thomas Zilian–Obituary & Eulogy

(Contributions for his children: Checks should be made to the Alex and Sonie Zilian Fund and sent to BankNewport, 2628 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI, 02871.) Thomas Zilian, 46, of Portsmouth, RI, died unexpectedly at his home on April 2, … Continue reading

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With Low Fertility Rate, America Needs Future Migrants

(Note: This essay, abridged, was originally published at thehill.com on February 25, 2019.) The Republicans and Democrats have reached a compromise on the border issue. President Trump, not happy with the mere $1.38 billion in the compromise bill for his … Continue reading

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The Lives of the Enslaved in Colonial Newport

(Note: This essay was originally published on February 28, 2019, in the Newport Daily News. It is the fourth essay in a series on “Slavery in Rhode Island.”) Enslaved African Americans of colonial Newport lived and worked, and even sometimes … Continue reading

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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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