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6 Famous Franco-American Writers from New England

Let's face it, Franco-American writers never receive their due. They tend to get pigeonholed as regional writers, and they can't take advantage of their differentness the way African or Hispanic writers can. New England's Franco-American writers, though, have had a ...

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Six Ways the Little Ice Age Made History

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The Little Ice Age changed New England history in ways that historians are only beginning to understand. Though scientists don’t agree on what caused the Little Ice Age, most agree the climate cooled from the 15th century to the middle ...

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Six Places Workers Were Killed in New England

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Over the course of New England history many thousands of workers were killed on the job. Some, like Vermont quarry workers, died a slow death from silicosis. Others, like Connecticut munitions workers, were killed suddenly in violent explosions. Carelessness killed ...

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The Pet Names of Famous New Englanders

When the Pilgrims came to America on the Mayflower, they brought with them two dogs described as a spaniel and a mastiff. Though their names are unknown, the pet names of many famous four-legged New Englanders have not been lost ...

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The History of Indian Summer

Indian summer evolved over the centuries from a pioneer superstition to the poet’s best friend to the meteorologists’ whipping boy. It is a period of unusually warm, still days that follow a cold spell. The atmosphere is hazy or smoky, the ...

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6 Revolutionary Taverns

The American Revolution probably wouldn’t have happened had it not been for the Revolutionary taverns where patriots and Loyalists gathered to talk politics. Sam Adams famously haunted the taverns of Boston, honing his political skills and making his political connections. His cousin John ...

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