‘Rogue Island,’ the state almost taxed as a foreign nation

When the Constitutional Convention was held in 1787, delegates from Rhode Island were noticeably absent. The state – then nicknamed “Rogue Island” – had already gained a reputation for standing apart. As a colony, it was first to declare its independence from Great Britain, the first to ban slavery, and, later, it was the first to remove racial restrictions on voting rights. When ratifying the … Continue reading ‘Rogue Island,’ the state almost taxed as a foreign nation