The Rhode Island History Podcast

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RIHP 12: Christy Clark-Pujara on 'Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in RI"

In this episode, I talked with Professor Christy Clark-Pujara, an expert in the history of slavery in the North and the author of "Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in RI." We also talked about researching in the archives, CRT, and writing history. 

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Apr 29, 2022
RIHP 11: Baumgartner, Casey, and Muller on RI and the Colored Conventions Project

In this special episode, Professors Kabria Baumgartner and Jim Casey are joined by John H. Muller and I to talk about the colored conventions of the 19th century, and Rhode Island's place in those events. 

Here is the link to their ongoing project:

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Apr 01, 2022
RIHP 10: Gloria De Paola, "Garden City Used to be a Coal Mine!"

In this episode, I talk with historian and writer Gloria De Paola about the coal mine that used to exist where Garden City in Cranston currently sits. Did you know that in 2001 a giant hole opened up in the parking lot? Neither did I, but this explains why. 

Rhode Island dodged a major bullet when they found out that the coal was inferior and wasn't capable of sustaining an industry, despite the plethora of efforts. 

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Mar 18, 2022
RIHP 9: Jane Lancaster on Women in late 19th Century RI

In this half episode, I talked to Jane Lancaster, a distinguished alum of Brown about the history of women in Rhode Island in the late 19th century, Charlotte Perkins Gillman, and being a graduate student. 

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Jan 30, 2022
RIHP 8: Keith Stokes on Newport's Involvement in the Triangle Trade and "American Irony"

Welcome back! 

For this episode I invited Keith Stokes on to talk about his notion of "American Irony." By this, Mr. Stokes is referring to the ironic position of Newport, RI as one of the country's most religiously tolerant settlements while it participated in the slave trade more than any other New England port.

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Jan 17, 2022
RIHP 7: Paul Caranci and the Largest Corruption Take-Down in North Providence History

In this episode Alex talked to author and former city councilman of North Providence, Paul Caranci. Paul became known nationally as the individual responsible for one of the largest corruption cases in North Prov. Listen to him talk about here, and consider picking up his book "Wired" which can be found here:

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Nov 27, 2021
RIHP 6: Dr. Patrick Conley and the Fabre Line to Providence

In this episode, I went to Dr. Conley's office to talk to him about the deep history of the Fabre line and State Pier #1, which is now a scrap metal yard. 

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Nov 19, 2021
RIHP 5: D. Scott Molloy, the Carmen's Strike of 1902, Labor History, and Blending Experience with Scholarship

It was a pleasure to talk to D. Scott Molloy, a former transit employee turned scholar of transit labor history. Scott is a wealth of information related to RI's labor history, and I'm sure you will learn a lot from our conversation. 

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This episode is brought to you in part by the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society, which occupies the old County Jail at 48 Court St.  Learn more about Bristol’s history and what’s currently on display at

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Nov 12, 2021
RIHP 4: The Pawtucket Mill Strikes of 1824 with Joey DeFrancesco

In this episode, I talk with Joey DeFrancesco about the Pawtucket mill strikes of 1824. We go over causes, dynamics, and implications. 

Joey's article can be found here:

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Oct 22, 2021
RIHP 3: Lori Urso, Slater Mill, and Historical Preservation

In this episode Lori Urso talks a bit about the history of preserving a New England treasure, Slater Mill, in Pawtucket. Because history encompasses a wide array or archival, preservation, and interpretive work, we also talked about the task of preservation, what it's value, and how you can help. 

Visit the website of the Old Slater Mill Association:

Read one of Lori's articles in Small State, Big History:

In the past week this podcast received an endorsement from the The Bristol Historical & Preservation Society, which occupies the old County Jail at 48 Court St. Learn more about Bristol’s history and what’s currently on display at

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Oct 15, 2021
RIHP 2: Sarah Tillinghast, the Vampire of Exeter. Halloween Special

Halloween special on the classic Rhode Island tale of Sarah Tillinghast, the vampire of Exeter. 

Alex talks a little about the myth of halloween creatures and what they mean. Then he reads the 1888 tale of the daughter of  "Snuffy Stuke." 

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Oct 08, 2021
RIHP 1: The Macaroni Riots of 1914 With Russel DeSimone

In this inaugural episode of the Rhode Island History Podcast, I talk with local historian Russel DeSimone about the 1914 Macaroni Riots. 

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Oct 01, 2021