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The Wealth of Nations: A Peoples' History of Rhode Island Hardcover – December, 1999


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Dubbed "Rogue's Island" by strict and forbidding Puritans, the colony of Rhode Island was founded on unprecedented principles of religious and political freedom. Banished from Puritan Salem, founder Roger Williams settled on a piece of land that he named "Providence" in appreciation for "God's gift to a homeless people." He pledged that on this land there would always be a "shelter for persons distressed for conscience's sake." More than 300 years later, Rhode Island remains a refuge for people from all corners of the world seeking better lives, bearing new hope for the future. Author Lisa Roseman Beade tells the story of these Rhode Islanders and how each ethnic group has shaped the character and the destiny of this fascinating state. Hundreds of historical and contemporary images illustrate the immigrant experi¬ence and paint an extraordinary picture of a state that embodies "the wealth of nations." Completing this engaging history of Rhode Island is an insightful section devoted to profiling the state's busi¬nesses, schools, and organizations. These institutions have made an indelible impression on the state of Rhode Island and its people, and readers will find their stories both fas¬cinating and informative. This treasured volume is both a keepsake and a useful resource for anyone who lives in and loves Rhode Island. It is a limited edition that will keep a prominent place in homes and businesses for many years to come.

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