Vermont Firsts
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A book highlighting innovation in Vermont history was released this week.

“Vermont Firsts and Other Claims to Fame” by Richard B. Smith came out Monday. A description provided by the publisher reads, “The state constitution was the first in America to ban slavery, provide for universal male suffrage and establish a system for publicly funded education. Ethan Allen captured Fort Ticonderoga for America’s First Victory. An eleven-year-old Willie Johnston was America’s youngest Medal of Honor winner, and Grace Coolidge became the one and only First Lady to have a raccoon as a pet while in the White House. In the 1930s, rebellious Vermonters were the first to vote down a major New Deal construction project, the Green Mountain Parkway.”

The book is now available for purchase, including through the publisher’s website, arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467146197.


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