Portsmouth, Rhode Island (Images of America Series)


From pre-colonial times through World War II , the town

of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, has served as a stage for the

dramatic evolution of American history. Dispossessed citizens

from the Massachusetts ...

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From pre-colonial times through World War II , the town

of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, has served as a stage for the

dramatic evolution of American history. Dispossessed citizens

from the Massachusetts Bay Colony came to Portsmouth in

the spirit of religious and political tolerance, paving the way

for the establishment of a large Quaker settlement in town.

Revolutionary leaders such as George Washington, Lafayette,

and Rochambeau visited the summer residences of wealthy

Newport merchants in Portsmouth, including the home of

Tory, Metcalf Bowler. During the Civil War, the Melville area

of Portsmouth was the site of a hospital for wounded Union

soldiers and Confederate prisoners, and was an active stop

on the Underground Railroad. Prior to World War II , John F.

Kennedy received his PT boat training in Portsmouth, and

Raytheon has kept many employed in the defense industry

ever since.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738590189
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,385,778
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Authors Nancy Jensen Devin and Richard V. Simpson are area historians who have combined the photograph collections of the Portsmouth Historical Society with many previously unpublished images from local families' albums to produce this remarkable new photographic history of the town. Mr. Simpson is the author of Bristol in the Images of America series, and Ms. Devin is the creator of a popular multimedia presentation called The Story of the Town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The authors' affection for the area and knowledge of its history are evident in this exciting tribute to the town and the people of Portsmouth.
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