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Newport Firsts: A Hundred Claims to Fame


Newport, Rhode Island, has been a city of innovation since its beginning nearly four centuries ago. Some of the claims on a national level are true, while some have been greatly distorted over the years. The freethinking citizens include the first to defeat a British squadron and the author of the first written constitution guaranteeing the right to religious freedom in world history. Author and research historian Brian M. Stinson offers a chronological collection of vignettes detailing the city’s many firsts.

By Brian M. Stinson, Pubilshed by The History Press, 2018, 208 pages, soft cover