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Six New England Poorhouses

New England poorhouses are mostly forgotten today, but they were once a very real and often feared part of life in the region. Poorhouses evolved from the English poor laws, passed in the 16th and 17th centuries. They required the ...

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The First Hebrew Thanksgiving in America

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Isaac Touro delivered a Hebrew Thanksgiving sermon on Nov. 28, 1765, praising King George III for protecting Newport’s Jews. His sermon took place before worshippers in the new Touro Synagogue. Since 1658, Newport had been a haven for Jews who escaped ...

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6 Haunted Houses in New England

Haunted houses are as much a part of New England lore as Revolutionary battles or clipper ship races. New Englanders have been drawn to the supernatural since Cotton Mather blamed earthquakes on the devil. New England. Ghosts, witches, devils and ...

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6 New Deal Projects Still in Use

The New Deal put tens of millions of people to work and changed the landscape in every New England city and town. It put sidewalks on streets, bridges over rivers, hiking trails in forests, seawalls on beaches and public buildings ...

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