This short film is of the “This Land of Ours” series of educational movies made by Dudley Pictures in the late 1940s and early 1950’s. It gives a brief tour through the state of Rhode Island, the smallest state; only 48 miles long and 37 miles wide (:34). The first settlement was established in 1636 by Roger Williams (:54). One of the many historic sites from it’s birth is Kingston Inn (1:11), which at one time was simply a stagecoach stop and still serves guests today. In Northern Kingston, the well known portrait painter, Gilbert Stuart was born on December 3, 1755 (1:21). In the town of Anthony, General Nathanael Green in 1936 served under the command of General Washington (1:34). Also, at the colony house in Newport, the proclamation was read on this balcony (1:47). This state was of the first of the thirteen colonies to accept the Declaration of Independence. Providence is the states major hub for industry (2:11). In relation to population, Rhode Island produces more than any other state (2:17). Yards of cotton are shown at a mill, and textiles are a major industry good produced here (2:24). Brown University (2:36) stands as the oldest university. In the city of Woonsocket, resting in northern Rhode Island, exists the wool factory (3:04). Interestingly, nearly all the residents here speak French as they are mainly of French Canadian descent and signs are shown mostly written in French (3:26). In Westerly, is another prevalent textile plant, though the main industry is granite (3:51). The famed Rhode Island lobsters appear on screen (4:26) as commercial fishing is another important industry. For vacationing, Newport Beach is the place to be, boasting elaborate summer homes (4:39). General Richard Prescott held headquarters at the house pictured at (4:56). The heart of this city is Washington square (5:01). Commander Oliver Hazard Perry, whom was a major part of the battle at Lake Eerie, was a former resident here (5:06). An old standing mill exhibits etchings that to this day have not been fully deciphered, yet it is believed to have been constructed by vikings (5:14). Less than a half of the state is devoted to farming, but programs such as those at Kingston State College, have enabled highly scientific methods for agriculture development (5:48). A portion of the farming is dedicated to growing of feeds (alfalfa, wheat, oats) and about four out of ten farms are for the raising of dairy cattle (6:24). The Rhode Island Red rooster is shown (6:43) and another portion of farming is for the poultry birds. There are 246 miles of coastline (6:51). A short summary will wrap up this film (7:29) about the small yet major producing and historically rich state.

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