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A history of the Narragansett Tribe of RI from early European encounters to the tribe's return to sovereignty in the 20th Century. Before Roger Williams set foot in the New World, the Narragansett farmed corn and squash, hunted beaver and deer, and harvested clams and oysters throughout what would ... Read More about
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The tragic and fascinating history of the first epic struggle between white settlers and Native Americans in the early seventeenth century: “a riveting historical validation of emancipatory impulses frustrated in their own time” (Booklist, starred review) as determined Narragansett Indians refused t ... Read More about
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David Norton Stone
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In the city that invented the diner, so many amazing restaurants remain only in memories. The Silver Top had fresh coffee every twenty minutes, and the Ever Ready was hot dog heaven. Miss Dutton's Green Room and the Shepard Tea Room beckoned shoppers in their Sunday finest. At Childs, the griddle ch ... Read More about
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An accusation of attempted murder rudely interrupted Mary Arnold's dalliances with working men and her extensive shopping sprees. When her husband Benedict fell deathly ill and then asserted she had tried to kill him with poison, the result was a dramatic petition for divorce. The case before the Rh ... Read More about
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A gripping story of a family tragedy brought about by witch-hunting in Puritan New England that combines history, anthropology, sociology, politics, theology and psychology. “The best and most enjoyable kind of history writing. Malcolm Gaskill goes to meet the past on its own terms and in its own pl ... Read More about
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Though Rhode Island is America's smallest state, they have more than their fair share of spooky stories. Author Rory Raven has collected stories and tales drawn from the history and folklore of one of the oldest cities in the nation. From restless spirits and mysterious deaths, to vampires and shad ... Read More about
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Christy Clark-Pujara
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Tells the story of one state in particular whose role in the slave trade was outsized: Rhode Island Historians have written expansively about the slave economy and its vital role in early American economic life. Like their northern neighbors, Rhode Islanders bought and sold slaves and supplies that ... Read More about
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The amazing story of a heroic woman-the keeper of Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island. ... Read More about
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A New Edition of One of the Most Important Cultural Artifacts of European and Indigenous American Contact Roger Williams’s Key into the Language of America, first published in 1643, is one of the most important artifacts of early Indigenous American culture. In it, Williams recorded the day-to-day e ... Read More about
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J. W. Ocker
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An insider’s guide to wicked, weird, and wonderful New England. A rich compendium of macabre and historic New England happenings, this travelogue features firsthand accounts of almost 200 sites throughout New England. This region is full of the macabre, the grim, and the ghastly—and all of it is wor ... Read More about
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A radical rethinking of how to make distressed urban neighborhoods more livable while preserving the residents’ ability to live there  “With piercing insights, Joe Margulies compellingly traces the history of one neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island, a stand-in for distressed neighborhoods aroun ... Read More about
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Joe Broadmeadow, Pat Cortellessa
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The Dark Underbelly of the Providence Renaissance The 1970's saw the rise of a powerful new force in Providence (RI), replacing the once inviolate stranglehold of the Mob. Buddy Cianci's rise to national prominence overshadowed a darker truth. Driven from office by one scandal, returned to office o ... Read More about
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COP: “Buddy, I think this is a whorehouse.” BUDDY CIANCI: “Now I know why they made you a detective.” Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, where corruption is entertainment and Mayor Buddy Cianci presided over the longest-running lounge act in American politics. In The Prince of Providence, Pulitzer ... Read More about
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“Astonishing. . . fascinating . . . powerful. . .This clever, sensitive book gives us a new way to think about death, not as the final chapter, but as a window onto life in America.”––NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW A lively tour through the history of US cemeteries that explores how, where, and why we b ... Read More about
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"In Meet Me At The Biltmore, Amanda Quay Blount has successfully unearthed and skillfully brought to life the colorful characters and unique stories of one of the state's most iconic landmarks. This is a well-researched and much-welcomed addition to the history of Rhode Island." -James M. Ricci, aut ... Read More about
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Vikki Warner
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A heartfelt coming-of-age memoir about taking the unbeaten path, owning a home, and holding it all--including yourself--together. Detouring from the traditional timeline of marriage-kids-house, twenty-six-year-old Vikki Warner skips straight to homeownership. She buys a downtrodden three-story house ... Read More about
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