Rhode Island Statehood Bicentennial

Rhode Island Statehood Bicentennial Pawtucket David K. Stone


Stock #: 235671
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
City: Pawtucket
State: Rhode Island (RI)
County: Providence
Artist: David K. Stone
Publisher: Maximum Card Collection
Postmark: 1990 May-29
PM City: Pawtucket
PM State: RI
Stamp: 25c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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No. 90-21. Born in freedom, adaptable and enterprising, tiny Rhode Island epitomizes all the ambiguities of the mighty American dream. The state's founder, Roger Williams, moved to the area in 1636 with a handful of his followers. Williams' belief in religious liberty and freedom of conscience led to the development of political liberty and practical democracy. The colony prospered and grew self-reliant, and when its people felt poorly served by British policies, they readily supported the founding of a new nation. However, in keeping with the Rhode Islanders' belief in freedom, many were hesitant to join a nation that allowed slavery. The cautious citizens of Rhode Island would not be rushed in their decision and only after twelve of the original thirteen states ratified the Constitution and joined the Union did Rhode Island's legislature decide to hold a ratifying convention. Because of issues like slavery, the vote was close, but Rhode Island finally squeaked into the Union with thirty-four delegates in favor, thirty-two opposed
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