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Colony of Rhode Island Is First to Sever Allegiance to Great Britain

(This essay was originally published as “First in Independence,” on May 4, 2016, in the Newport Daily News.) Two hundred and forty years ago today, the colony of Rhode Island became the first of the thirteen colonies to sever its … Continue reading

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Despite Roger Williams’ Efforts, Providence Burns in 1676

(This essay was originally published as “Despite Roger Williams’ Efforts, Providence Burns Down,” in the Providence Journal on March 29, 2016.) Three hundred and forty years ago today Divine Providence did not smile kindly on the burgeoning town of Providence … Continue reading

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