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Rhode Island and the Civil War
Rhode Island and the Civil War PROVIDENCE, RI (2011-11-26) This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The battle to preserve the union and end slavery claimed more than 600,000 lives; two thirds of them from disease. It was a war in which Rhode Island - a strong abolitionist state - more than held its own. Listen to Rhode Island Public Radio's five-part series on the Civil War, reported by Flo Jonic.
The Civil War Lives on Through Soldiers' Descendants PROVIDENCE, RI (2011-11-25) By FLO JONIC
The Civil War has had an enduring impact on the United States, paving the way for racial equality and binding the nation together so that it could become the international powerhouse of the 20th century. We conclude our series on Rhode Island's role in the Civil War with a story about a group of men who come together once a year to re-enact the battles of their forefathers.
Woonsocket: A Hotbed of Abolitionism PROVIDENCE, RI (2011-11-24) By FLO JONIC
Elizabeth Vangel knew nothing about Oak Hill cemetery in Woonsocket until her parents bought a plot there several years ago. Vangel was instantly struck by the beauty of the undulating hills and its Victorian funerary sculpture. An author and documentarian, she learned that 300 of the graves belonged to Civil War soldiers and that prompted her next project: investigating Woonsocket's role in the War Between the States.
A Portrait of General Ambrose Burnside PROVIDENCE, RI (2011-11-23) By FLO JONIC
On the fourth of July, 1887 thousands gathered in downtown Providence for the dedication of a statue of Civil War General Ambrose Burnside. Civil war veterans had donated money to pay for the bronze sculpture of Burnside atop a horse with field glasses in his hands.
Brown Students Serve and Die in the Civil War PROVIDENCE, RI (2011-11-22) By FLO JONIC
As we continue our examination of Rhode Island's role in the Civil War, we cast an eye on Brown University. In the South some universities closed because so many students joined the Confederate Army. This didn't happen in the north but hundreds of Brown students joined the cause.
RI responds to President Lincoln's Call for Troops PROVIDENCE, RI (2011-11-21) By FLO JONIC
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The battle to preserve the union and end slavery claimed more than 600,000 lives; two thirds of them from disease. It was a war in which Rhode Island - a strong abolitionist state - more than held its own.