I am thrilled to serve as the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Online Review of Rhode Island History, at www.smallstatebighistory.com.
Launched on January 28, 2015, we have a team of many of the top Rhode Island history authors working today and we add a new article every week. The articles are intended to be short and for a popular audience.
Rhode Island has a wonderful history all out of proportion to its small size. This explains the domain name for the online journal, www.smallstatebighistory.com.
The team of authors, currently with more than twenty signed on, includes Patrick T. Conley, the dean of the state’s history writers and the current Historian Laureate of Rhode Island; Paul Caranci, an author of a recent book on the hanging of John Gordon; Robert Geake, who has authored numerous books of late, including a history of the Narragansett tribe and of Rhode Island taverns; Robert Grandchamp and Frank Grzyb, who have each authored books on the state’s role in the Civil War; Erik Chaput, author of a highly acclaimed biography of Thomas Dorr; Russell DeSimone, a prominent collector of Rhode Island writings; and Al Klyberg, who served thirty years as the executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Society.
As well as editing articles, I have authored or co-authored the following articles for this site:
- “Top Ten Turning Points in Rhode Island’s History”
- “Father of ‘12 Years a Slave’ Protagonist Hailed from North Kingstown”
- “Top Secret World War II German Prisoner-of-War Camp at Fort Kearney in Narragansett”
- “Rhode Island’s World War II Prisoner-of-War Camps at Forts Getty and Wetherill in Jamestown: Reeducating German POWs with the Best of Intentions”
- “Jemima Wilkinson: The First American-Born Founder of a Religious Movement”
If you would like to sign up for a once-a-week email alerting you to when an article has been posted and its title, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.