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Memory Frontier

Christine DeLucia, a NERFC scholar who carried out research at the RIHS Library last fall, has recently been given the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award from the Organization of American Historians for the best essay on an American history topic by a graduate student. The essay, “The Memory Frontier: Uncommon Pursuits of Past and Place in the Northeast after King Philip’s War (1675-78),” is scheduled to be published in the Journal of American History in spring 2012.
According to Christine, the essay is closely connected to the talk she gave at RIHS in December and it draws considerably on the RIHS collections for its discussion of “the Narragansett Country.” RIHS materials used by Christine in her research include materials on the 1975 Narragansett Indian tribe suit filed suit in federal district court to regain lands in southern RI which they claimed were illegally taken from them in 1880 in the Paul Campbell Research Notes,  Abigail’s Sprague’s History of Cumberland, the Great Swamp Oration in the Rowland G. Hazard II and Mary P. (Bushnell) Hazard Papers and a copy of a manuscript by James N. Arnold titled, “The Honor of a State; or the Faithless Guardian, a Story of Monstrous Wrong,” a narrative account of efforts of developers to swindle land from the Narragansett nation from 1879-1896 in the James N. Arnold Papers (MSS 9001-A.)

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