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March 2017
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The Vernons of Newport in the River of Silver: US Slave Trading in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, 1795-1809

March 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro St.
Newport, RI 02840 Select a Country:
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US merchants brought slaves not just to the Caribbean and the North American colonies in the 18th century, but also to labor in South America. American merchants (almost all Rhode Islanders) played a significant role in the trade of slaves from Africa to the Río de la Plata in Argentina and Bolivia. While most enslaved Africans arrived in Buenos Aires and Montevideo via Brazil, American traders brought more slaves directly from Africa to the Río de la Plata than any…

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“You Will Find It Handy” Twentieth-Century African American Travel Guides to Newport, RI

March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro St.
Newport, RI 02840 Select a Country:
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The growth of automobile usage during the twentieth century brought more and more American drivers out on the open road. But refusal of service and other threats made travel extremely difficult for African-Americans. One solution came from Victor H. Green, who between 1937 and 1963 published The Green Book, a guide for African-Americans traveling throughout the United States, Canada, Alaska, and Mexico. The Green Book was one of the most extensive and best known travel guides on the market. It…

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May 2017
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What Did Alexander Hamilton Drink? Chocolate in the American Colonial Period

May 4 @ 5:30 am - 6:30 pm
Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro St.
Newport, RI 02840 Select a Country:
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The next time you pick up a piece of chocolate, consider that you are partaking in an expedition into American history. Alexander Hamilton’s rival, Thomas Jefferson, was a chocolate fan. John and Abigail Adams also loved their chocolate. Hamilton’s boss, President George Washington, along with his wife, Martha, was well acquainted with chocolate. But what about Hamilton’s role in the chocolate economy or, more locally, the role of Newporter’s? On Thursday, May 4th at 5:30 pm, the Newport Historical Society will host…

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