Newport Rising

Pre-Revolutionary Newport, Rhode Island, was a thriving hub of the American slave trade, a virtual city-state of multiple faiths, independent traders, and craftsmen, With a perfectly formed harbor for its tariff-floutng commercial armada it was a natural target for British occupation during the war.

In Newport Rising, the journeyman printer and political essayist Cotton Palmer travels a dangerous path between colonists who might shoot him and the British who hope to hang him. Palmer and the abolitionist lady-friend who won’t be his wife are subjects of censure in the precariously balanced town where, after Colonial victory, many pro-British fence sitters would pose as unwavering patriots.
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