Books recently added to the Peace Dale Library’s RI History collection:
Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts (2014, 190 p.) by Julie Fisher and David J. Silverman. Published by Cornell University Press, this is perhaps the only full-length biography of a key figure in both the Pequot War and King Philip’s War.
Historic Rhode Island Farms by Robert Geake. (2013, 142 p.) The author of several books on Rhode Island’s past, Robert Geake in this volume traces the state’s agricultural history, with informative, readable chapters and many photographs.
The People’s Martyr: Thomas Wilson Dorr and His 1842 Rhode Island Revolution by Erik J. Chaput. (2013, 322 p.) Thomas Wilson Dorr led a movement to reform the Rhode Island Constitution to give a political voice to Rhode Islanders without property and to African-Americans. The reaction against him was forceful and foreshadowed conflicts soon to erupt in the Civil War.