Author Archives: Samuel Gifford Howard

Friday Flagging: New Shoreham

Shipwrecks, secession, and scales as Sam Howard examines the flag of New Shoreham (aka Block Island).

Friday Flagging: Newport

This week, we explore Newport, home of naval installations, old mill towers, glorious mansions, and the legacy of the slave trade.

Truth and Reconciliation and Reparations in Providence

Early focus on reparations ignored that the Mayor is opening a truth and reconciliation process that will force difficult conversations for the City.

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.