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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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From Slavery to Greatness

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on May 7, 2014.) Next to Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass was probably the greatest African-American in US history. Unlike King, Frederick Douglass—born Frederick Bailey in February 1818—was not killed … Continue reading

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“All Slaves …Shall Be Free”

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on December 31, 2012, as “Emancipation changed the war, and the nation.”) One hundred and fifty years ago today President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect, stating that “all persons held … Continue reading

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Forever Free

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on September 22, 2012.) One hundred fifty years ago today, President Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in rebel held territory and changing the nature of the Civil … 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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