Newport: A Concise History

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Expected release date is 13th May 2024

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Curious about the history of Newport? Dive into this comprehensive guide to uncover the city's intriguing past!

This revised edition of Newport: A Concise History tells a more inclusive story of Newport's past with the aid of new scholarship and images. Beginning with the area's first Indigenous inhabitants, this book explores Newport's colorful history, uncovering the traditions and innovations that shaped the city. Founded in 1639 by religious dissenters, Newport became a thriving seaport in the eighteenth century. Yet the town's success as a center of commerce derived from the enslavement of Africans who were captured and brought to Newport unwillingly. In the ensuing centuries, this city has undergone periods of economic distress and phases of rejuvenation, evolving into one of the most beloved tourist destinations in the country. As Newport forges into the twenty-first century, we look to history to commemorate and celebrate the City-by-the-Sea.

The Newport Historical Society is a multifaceted, history-based institution that has three general areas of activity. It retains and preserves significant collections of artifacts, documents and properties. It supports, generates and collates scholarship on the history of Newport County and its place in American history. And it develops and delivers a variety of educational programs--exhibits, tours, conferences, publications and other formats--to transmit information and open dialogues with the public about history.

By the staff of the Newport Historical Society, edited by Elizabeth C. Stevens. Published by The History Press, 160 pages, paperback. 

Release date: May 13, 2024.