Image credit: Russell J. DeSimone and the Dorr Rebellion Project Site

Image credit: Russell J. DeSimone and the Dorr Rebellion Project Site

Saint Raphael Academy graduate from the Class of 1999 has a story to tell. Erik J. Chaput, Ph.D., author of a new book, The People’s Martyr: Thomas Wilson Door and His 1842 Rhode Island Rebellion, recently published this “spellbinding and engaging narrative” detailing Dorr’s Rebellion, also know as the “Rhode Island Question.”

“Anyone with ‘the more things change, the more they remain the same’ perspective topping their maxims will find Erik J. Chaput’s The People’s Martyr: Thomas Wilson Dorr and His 1842 Rhode Island Rebellion deeply validating. More significantly, all others will come away with a far sounder understanding of antebellum volatility, America’s perpetual swivel over what the Constitution really means, and how an obscure figure linchpins what should be a commonly studied affair.” –Review from the Providence Journal

Erik will be signing his book and talking about Dorr, his advocacy of suffrage for the landless and the rebellion’s place in the events of pre-Civil War America Friday at the Providence Athenaeum (251 Benefit St.) at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Rhode Island may be the smallest of the United States, but it has had an important role in its history.

 

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