Tag Archives: slavery in Rhode Island

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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The Lives of the Enslaved in Colonial Newport

(Note: This essay was originally published on February 28, 2019, in the Newport Daily News. It is the fourth essay in a series on “Slavery in Rhode Island.”) Enslaved African Americans of colonial Newport lived and worked, and even sometimes … Continue reading

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The Business of Slavery in Colonial Newport

(Note: This is the third essay in a series on “Slavery in Rhode Island.” This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on January 26, 2019.) The histories of colonial Newport and of slavery in the New World … 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.) 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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The Sleeping Serpent of Slavery

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on August 29, 2012.) From our Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the start of the Civil War in 1861, slavery posed a fundamental contradiction to our American identity. How … Continue reading

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