By Steve Ahlquist on October 30, 2015
I watched as people came to the table, lured by the promise of free candy, only to be asked to write something and post it for everyone to see. It really seemed to capture people’s imaginations. One woman, Grefe told me, said that her mother had passed away ten years ago on this date. Another simply remembered a year the Patriots won the Superbowl. My mind immediately went back to the Blizzard of ’78, which I experienced as a child, and enjoyed immensely.
By Andrew Stewart on October 20, 2015
The inaugural exhibit of Stages of Freedom: Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island, a new nonprofit organization highlighting African American history in the arts opened on Monday. Sponsored by Providence Public Library, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Opera Providence, the event featured contributions of many gifted individuals, including Ray Rickman and Robb Dimmick. After […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
“In this history of the United States, a moral critique has been always been at the center of any challenge to the structural sins of society—slavery, the denial of women’s rights, the denial of labor rights, the denial of equal protection under the law, the denial of voting rights, and the promulgation of unchecked militarism. We have never overcome any of these evils without a moral critique that challenged their grip on the heart and imagination of our society.
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By Daryle Lamont Jenkins on September 19, 2015
“Those that engage in such behavior however are not going to be content with just tagging a school, throwing around flyers or ranting at a presidential candidate. That doesn’t get results. They still have to organize and network with people who can advance their hatred to the point that they see things happen for them, and they are able to reclaim a position they once had over the people they hate just a few short years ago. When they do that, it takes even more vigilance to fight back because this is when they are at their most dangerous.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2015
This year’s theme for AIDS Walk RI was “Keeping Hope Alive” and despite the reality of nearly 100 new cases of HIV being diagnosed in our state every year, there is hope that one day HIV will be eradicated.
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By Erik Loomis on September 10, 2015
For the last several years, I have written in various forums about how the United States has entered a New Gilded Age. That is, through decimating workers’ rights and empowering corporations to dominate the political system, we are recreating the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. That period was noted by […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2015
The Rhode Island Labor History Society held their Annual Labor Day Address in Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls yesterday. Ryan McIntyre, the society board member who lead the effort to erect a monument in the cemetery to commemorate the Saylesville Massacre, where workers were killed by the National Guard during the General Textile Strike in September of 1934, […]
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By Bob Plain on September 7, 2015
President Grover Cleveland pushed through the legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, just days after the violent break up of the Pullman Rail Strike – a walk-out led by Eugene Debs that started with 3,000 workers in Pullman, Illinois and grew to almost 250,000 by the time the president deployed some […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 3, 2015
New Shoreham Town manager Nancy Dodge and Representative Blake Filippi give their takes on reverting the name of Block Island to the Native American name, “Manisses.”
By Steve Ahlquist on August 26, 2015
Lovecraft once famously asserted, “I am Providence” and after his death a group of fans raised the money to put these words on his tombstone, but Lovecraft is not the Providence I know and love.
The Providence I love is filled with all kinds of people, representing a spectrum of beauty that was unknown to Lovecraft, whose imagination, praised as being so expansive and creative, was curiously and tragically constrained when it came to his views on race and sex.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 20, 2015
The new status makes the RIHS, the fourth oldest historical society in the United States, one of 204 Smithsonian Affiliates nationwide, and the only affiliate in the state.
Posted in Events, Featured, History, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged C. Morgan Grefe, Dan McKee, David Cicilline, Harold Closter, James Langevin, Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Hostorical Society, RIHS, Smithsonian, Smithsonian Affiliate | Leave a response
By RI NOW on August 17, 2015
Everyone loves a good Throwback Thursday. On Thursday, August 20, we’re throwing it all the way back to the fall of 1991 and the US Senate hearings on then-Supreme Court hopeful Clarence Thomas, and the woman who stood up to sexism and male privilege in a room filled with both. Anita: Speaking Truth to Power is […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2015
“Can you imagine if we could go in time and bring Roger Williams here today?” asked Rodney Davis to laughs, “but when you boil it down and get to its purest sense, Freedom, Liberty and Justice was the reason why he came here…”
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By Steve Ahlquist on March 17, 2015
“The rally escalated to a march,” said Raymonde Wolstenholme, one of those arrested, “when someone with a bullhorn suggested that the group head for the highway, saying, ‘No one is seeing us here. Let’s go to 95, and maybe the governor will drive by and see us.’”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, Bruce Sundlun, Charles Donovan, civil disobedience, DEPCO, Jack Kayrouz, John J. Mulhearn, Rhode Island Central Credit Union, Richard H. Gaskill, RISDIC, Steven J. DiPalma | 5 Responses
By Roberto Bessin on December 13, 2014
Torture, and the modern American use of it, has been thrust into the spotlight this week, leaving me curious about the history of international efforts to prevent it. How did those efforts begin and what is the current customary international law concerning torture? The Battle of Solferino in 1859 stands out as a major cornerstone […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2014
During his second administration, said Corrente, Cianci ran the Providence City Hall as an organized criminal enterprise for nearly a decade before being convicted on RICO charges, yet the former mayor characterized his conviction as “some guy down the hall who took a g-note.” Corrente called Cianci’s statement an “outrageous mischaracterization.”
Posted in Campaign 2014, Class Warfare, Featured, History, Politics, Poverty, Providence, RI Progress Report | Tagged buddy cianci, Lincoln Almond, mayor, Phil West, Providence, Robert Corrente, Sheldon Whitehouse | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2014
Columbus was a monster, and he doesn’t deserve to have a day of celebration in his honor. Really, this day off should celebrate any of the many great and positive things we enjoy about this world… but not historical monsters. We can certainly do better.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 11, 2014
Today is a state holiday in Rhode Island. It’s a day some of us have off and some of us don’t, depending on whether or not we work in Boston, or at some retail job, or for an instate union or government employer. We used to call it VJ Day, for Victory over Japan, but […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2014
Rhode Island historian laureate Patrick Conley’s June 14th op-ed is written with the purpose of misleading rather than edifying the public about the origins and meanings of Rhode Island’s state flag. Conley is intent on casting the flag as a “prayer banner,” borrowing that term from the not-so-recent court case involving my niece Jessica Ahlquist […]
By Bob Plain on April 30, 2014
Local developer and state Historian Laureate Patrick Conley penned an op/ed in the Providence Journal that caused quite a stir among progressives and environmentalists. The first half of the post was an articulate account of Rhode Island’s industrial heyday, such as it were. The second half is a baseless screed against government regulation in general […]