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After the 1831 Snowtown race riots, Rhode Island held its first executions in thirty years, hanging three men within nineteen months. The same tumult of class, race, and conceptions of public space that contributed to these deaths led Rhode Island to become the first state to abolish public...
Anglican preacher Rev. Jacob Bailey and his wife, Sally, posed a triple threat to leaders of the American Revolution in the town of Pownalborough, a threat that was religious, political, and social. Forced to leave in 1779, they left behind the lingering question of who the real revolutionaries...
Catharine Beecher's publications on household management, published between 1841 and 1869, offered architectural designs with a surprisingly consistent feature: they promoted the long-forgotten center-chimney New England house plan. For Beecher, that remnant of the Puritan era promised a...
In January 1773 sailors and other members of Marblehead's so-called “Savage Mobility” burned down the new inoculation hospital, nicknamed “Castle Pox.” This article re-creates those explosive events, places them within the history of the American Revolution, and argues that Marblehead's...
During the 1640s, George Cleeve and Thomas Morton carved the province of Lygonia out of Ferdinando Gorges' Maine. Cleeve believed Lygonia's legitimacy was guaranteed by its legal standing and by the authority of its Parliamentarian proprietor, but he could not stop Lygonian towns from opting to...
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