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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.) The first … 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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The Commanding Heights of America’s Ethical Code

Note: This essay was originally published on January 24, 2018, at thehill.com. (http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/370563-the-commanding-heights-of-americas-ethical-code) Almost 100 years ago Vladimir Lenin sought to placate his Bolshevik supporters who were upset that some capitalistic elements were being allowed into the fledgling Soviet command … Continue reading

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Film Casablanca Still Speaks to Us Today

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on January 23, 2018.) Seventy-five years ago today, the film Casablanca, one of the most popular movies of all time, was released nationally after premiering in New York City on … Continue reading

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