Getting to know Newport, Rhode Island, is -- how should I put this? -- just a bit different from touring around other famous resorts. You were thinking a quick walk-through of The Breakers or another summer mansion? Think again.
Compared to the five gradual abolition acts passed in northern states between 1780 and 1804, Pennsylvania's was by far the most limited in scope. It liberated not a single individual, and choked out slavery only by degrees.
Ever since we'd first learned about the Revolutionary War in fourth grade, I'd wanted to visit the sites where the events had occurred. So I showed up early, camera-in-hand, to visit the Freedom Trail, a very high priority on my "Must-See" list.