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Slavery’s Hinterlands — Symposium Thru Saturday

“Slavery’s Hinterlands: Capitalism and Bondage in Rhode Island and Across the Atlantic world” is a three-day symposium taking place May 2-4 at locations around Providence and Pawtucket. Leading academics and public historians will explore American slavery as it was: not merely the South’s “peculiar” institution, but a core feature of American capitalism and empire. The […]

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Chambray Shirts — Blue Collars On The Red Carpet

An article in The New York Times illuminates the working class roots of the current fashion must-have, the chambray shirt. Turns out chambray in America has a local provenance. The early history of chambray ­stretches to the French town of Cambrai and a dense linen, cambric, long woven there. It came to the United States

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Rhody Gets Its First National Park

According to the ProJo; Legislation to establish Rhode Island’s first national historical park passed the U.S. Senate Friday after approval in the House, so now it goes to President Obama to be signed into law, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced Friday. . . Reed, chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior & Environment, wrote

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Signs Of Hope: Sewers And Sunshine (And Route 95!)

[Thank you commenter. The RIDOT web site confirms that Route 95 in both directions is now open.] Okay, the weather is going to help out a little here and Warwick officials are reporting that 80% of sewer service has been restored. The Governor just gave a news conference (Thursday noon) stating that maybe, just maybe,

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