(Mitch Wetlieb) With a population of just around 600,000 people, Vermont is the second smallest state in the union, but a lot of rich and complex history is packed into that small package. From its beginnings as a disputed frontier region, to its emergence as a conservative stronghold, and more recently as a state making national headlines for groundbreaking progressive legislation, Vermont is hard to define. But doing so is the challenge the new book “Vermont Encyclopedia” takes on. And joining me in the studio is one of the book’s three primary authors, Samuel Hand, emeritus professor of history at the University of Vermont and a former president of the Vermont Historical Society. Professor Hand, thanks very much for speaking with us.
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