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Un-Erasing Rhode Island Slave History

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on August 24, 2019. A version of it was published the same day as “My Turn: Fred Zilian: Opening Our Eyes to the Enslaved,” in the Providence Journal.) Whether unconsciously … Continue reading

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Woodstock: An Amazing and Unreal Four Days

(Note: This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on August 15, 2019.) Fifty years ago in America, the summer of 1969 was punctuated by two major events. In mid-July the Apollo 11 astronauts walked on the moon, … Continue reading

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In Colonial Rhode Island, the Enslaved Resisted

(Note: This essay is the fifth in a series on “Slavery in Rhode Island.” This essay was originally published on July 19, 2019, by the Newport Daily News.) In the 18th century the colony of Rhode Island came to dominant … Continue reading

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D-Day Invasion Succeeds: The Beginning of the End for Nazi Germany

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on June 6, 2019.) Seventy-five years ago on June 6, 1944, the combined air, naval, and army forces of the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Canada successfully invaded the Normandy … Continue reading

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Technology’s Incompetence with Tragedy

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on May 25, 2019.) Technology is transforming our world at an alarming rate. However, as it transforms and offers such promise, we must be very cautious about it affecting the … Continue reading

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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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