Author Archives: Samuel Gifford Howard

Friday Flagging: Narragansett

Exploring the civic symbols of Narragansett, home to the slave plantations, beach resorts, and squid fishing industry.

Friday Flagging: Middletown

Going to the beach at Middeltown, where we’ll see a cool windmill, and some gulls.

What Would Multiparty Democracy in RI Look Like?

What if Rhode Island actually had five political parties instead of two?

The State of RI’s Political Parties, as Divined Through Candidate Declarations

The General Assembly has a lot of uncontested seats, and more than a few missed chances for both parties.

Friday Flagging: Little Compton

Learning about enjoying the ocean and only somewhat-coerced acquisition of land.

Friday Flagging: Lincoln

Lincoln, “a federation” of mill villages, home to Rhode Island’s major canal and site of some of its heaviest labor unrest.

Friday Flagging: Johnston

Friday Flagging returns to visit the very Italian Town of Johnston.

Friday Flagging: Jamestown

Each Friday, I look at the flags and associated symbols of cities and towns in Rhode Island. This week, we look at our first island community, Jamestown. About Jamestown Jamestown encompasses three islands in western Narragansett Bay; Conanicut, Dutch, and Gould islands. Of these, only Conanicut remains inhabited today. Conanicut is connected to the mainland […]

Friday Flagging: Hopkinton

Hopkinton, where the town arms exercise the right to bear arms.

Friday Flagging: Glocester

Examining the flag of Glocester, a place of Ancients and Horribles, Dorr rebels, and elephant-murderers.