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Ring Them Revere Bells

It was only by accident that Paul Revere at 57 years old got into the business of casting bells. He’d had some experience with bells. As a teen-ager he signed a contract with Christ Church – Boston’s Old North Church ...

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Ezekiel Straw, The Good Boss

Ezekiel Straw, born on Dec. 30, 1819, in Salisbury, N.H., 194 years ago, was an unusual mill agent – unusual in a good way. He was popular with the workers. Straw’s family moved to Lowell, Mass., when he was a ...

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Paul Cuffe and the Back-to-Africa Movement

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The Back-to-Africa movement began with a wealthy mixed-race Quaker named Paul Cuffe. He brought African-American Bostonians to a Sierra Leone colony in 1815, two years before the founding of the American Colonization Society. Paul Cuffe led an extraordinary life. He was ...

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The 1912 Willimantic Textile Workers Strike

In the spring of 1912, Connecticut newspapers were filled with accounts of the successful Bread and Roses textile workers strike in Lawrence, Mass. Thousands of textile workers, mostly immigrant women and children, had gone out on a two-month strike against ...

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When Downtown Department Stores Spelled Christmas

Generations of New Englanders remember fondly the glorious downtown department stores at Christmas. Those great retail palaces brought magic to the holidays with stunning window displays, conversations on Santa’s lap and walk-through enchanted villages. The holiday season brought out the ...

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Horace Vose, the Turkey Whisperer

Horace Vose, a ]Westerly, R.I., turkey farmer, sent his turkeys to 11 presidents for four decades of Thanksgiving dinners and drama. Every year, the Associated Press sent off a brief dispatch from Westerly, R.I.: “Horace Vose, following his annual custom ...

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