Rethinking the Gaspee affair topic of Sept. 17 library talk

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Join Joey La Neve DeFrancesco and the Warwick Historical Society for Rethinking the Gaspee Affair: Rhode Island, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution at Warwick Public Library on Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. In 1772, colonialists burned the British customs ship HMS Gaspee that was aground on Namquid Point, adding to the tensions that ultimately led to the American Revolution. The leaders of the attack made their fortunes in the rum and slave trade and were angered by British moves to tax and regulate their economic empires. La Neve DeFrancesco will speak about Rhode Island’s connection to the slave trade and reassess the reasons for the Gaspee raid and the role of slavery in provoking the American Revolution. La Neve DeFrancesco has lectured on the Pawtucket textile strike of 1824 and the economic history of 18th century Rhode Island for the Slater Mill Museum. He is currently a Fellow with the Newport Historical Society, and he received a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities for Rethinking the Gaspee Affair. For more information call 739-5440, x9758. The library is located at 600 Sandy Lane. This event is free and open to all.

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