Rhode Island

Rhode Island

by Ted Klein

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Rhode Island is?by far the smallest state in the Union, but it is uniquely rich in history. It was in many ways the most honorable of the original thirteen colonies, but at times the most disreputable. It was the scene of America's first antislavery law, yet the slave trade was a source of its wealth. It was the birthplace of true religious freedom in America, the birthplace of our industrial revolution, the first state to declare independence (a full two months before the rest), and the last original state to ratify the Constitution-because it insisted on a Bill of Rights. Known today for its small-town informality and quirky good humor, Rhode Island still retains its independent spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761425601
Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Series: Celebrate the States Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Rhode Island Is... 6

Chapter 1 Geography: A Little Universe 9

Carved Glaciers

A Land of Forests

Powerful Waters

Saving the Salt Ponds

A Climate Both Mild and Stormy

Chapter 2 History: A Tradition of Independence 27

Native-American Heritage

Early Exploration

Founding a Colony

A Haven for Misfits

War with the Native Americans

Slavers and Smugglers

First to Rebel

The Industrial Revolution

Modern Times

Chapter 3 People: A Million Rhode Islanders 51

A Special Place

The First Great Waves

The Jewish Migrations

African Americans

Native Americans Today

Chapter 4 Government: Power in the Smallest State 67

Inside Government

Shifting Power

Power Corrupts

Learning from Disaster

Chapter 5 Economy: Wealth and Hard Work 79

Manufacturing for the Nation

The Service Economy

Grading Education

Chapter 6 Landmarks: Rhode Island Highlights 93



Block Island

South County and Beyond

State Survey 111

Find Out More 139

Index 141

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