Excerpt from Rhode Island: A Study in Separatism
Upon the formative period of Rhode Island history, the author of the present study has dwelt at length in "Rhode Island: Its Making and its Meaning," published in 1902. The period in question was characterized by a separatism that was intense, but subsequent periods have by no means been wanting in this feature, and it is largely the object of the present book to point out the influence of separatism in determining the course of events in Rhode Island during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Within the current year there has been published by Dr. Edward Channing, of Harvard, volume one of a history of the United States. This volume, at page 412, contains the statement, that all existing histories of Rhode Island are "full of prejudice against Massachusetts."
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