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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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Colonial Rhode Island Dominates North American Slave Trade in 18th Century

(Note: This is the first in a series of essays on Slavery in Rhode Island. It was originally published in the Newport Daily News on April 27, 2018.) One hundred seventy-five years ago, Rhode Island, after over two centuries of … Continue reading

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Courageous Anne Hutchinson, Unyielding to Death

(This is the third and final part of a series on Anne Hutchinson. All three essays were originally published in the Newport Daily News.) Three hundred and eighty years ago, this month, Anne Hutchinson was put on trial before her … Continue reading

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American Civilization is bleeding itself

(This essay, edited, was originally published by thehill.com on February 22, 2018.) In comparison to the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, the violent incident a few days earlier at my granddaughter’s high school in our cozy, comfortable New England … Continue reading

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America’s Story Must Evolve with Changing Demographics

(This essay was originally published, abridged, as “Changing demographics: The Battle for America’s Story” on February 10, 2018, at thehill.com.) All great countries, empires, and civilizations have their stories—grand narratives that consist of both truth and myth—which serve as part … Continue reading

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