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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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We Must All Be Historians Now: Exploring the inequality of sources with my students

(Note: This essay was originally published as “Perhaps Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Should Not Have Dropped Out of Harvard,” by the History News Network on July 22.) The full-page ad that Facebook recently ran (May 26) in the Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

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1968: High Water Mark of Turbulent 1960s

(This essay was originally published as “1968 was the high water mark in a decade of discord,” by the Newport Daily News on June 12, 2018.) Fifty years ago Sen. Robert Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in downtown … Continue reading

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Slavery in Narragansett Country

(This essay was originally published as “In 1843, slavery was banned in Rhode Island,” in the Newport Daily News on May 29, 2018.) (Note: This is the second in a series of essays on slavery in Rhode Island.) One hundred … Continue reading

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