Slavery and Abolition


Apostle of Peace: Elihu Burritt’s Quest for Universal Brotherhood

January 11, 2017

Elihu Burritt, a blacksmith by trade, became an advocate for peace around the world throughout the 19th century. …[more]

Categories: Education, Expansion and Reform, New Britain, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

Freedom to the Slave

From the State Historian: Connecticut’s Slow Steps Toward Emancipation

January 2, 2017

Slavery remained in the Land of Steady Habits until 1848, and it was not quick to advance suffrage for African Americans, either. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Noah Webster, Slavery and Abolition

The Great Remedy. Hand-colored lithograph by E.B. & E.C. Kellogg

The Great Remedy: Picturing the Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 2017

On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, declaring more than three million African Americans in those states in rebellion against the United States to be forever free. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Civil War, Everyday Life, Slavery and Abolition

Detail from the Articles of agreement between the English in Connecticutt and the Indian Sachems

Slavery and the Pequot War

November 29, 2016

For some, the existence of slavery in New England is still a little known fact. Even fewer realize that Native... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Colonization and Settlement, Fairfield, Native Americans, Pequot War, Slavery and Abolition, War and Defense

Map of the Freedom Trail Sites

Site Lines: Connecticut’s Freedom Trail

September 28, 2016

Sites along the Connecticut Freedom Trail mark key events in the quest to achieve freedom and social equality for African Americans in the state.  …[more]

Categories: Belief, Everyday Life, Exploration and Discovery, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

Death of Capt. Ferrer, the Captain of the Amistad, July 1839 - Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Illustrated

The Amistad

August 24, 2016

After slaves revolted and took control of the Amistad in 1839, Americans captured the ship off Long Island and imprisoned the slaves in New Haven. A US Supreme Court trial in which Roger Sherman Baldwin and John Quincy Adams defended the slaves, ultimately won them their freedom. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Crime and Punishment, Expansion and Reform, Law, New Haven, New London, Slavery and Abolition

Third Annual Report of the Managers of the Colonization Society of the State of Connecticut

Liberian Independence Day

July 26, 2016

The Colonization Society of Connecticut was part of a national movement that arose before the Civil War to promote emigration of free blacks to Africa.  …[more]

Categories: Expansion and Reform, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

Front view of John Browns birthplace, Torrington

Hidden Nearby: John Brown’s Torrington Birthplace

May 9, 2016

Ruins are all that remain of the birthplace of this transformative figure in US history. …[more]

Categories: Expansion and Reform, John Brown, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements, Torrington

John Brown

John Brown Born – Today in History: May 9

May 9, 2016

On May 9, 1800, the man who became a catalyst for the Civil War was born in an 18th-century saltbox... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, John Brown, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements, Torrington


Video – Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures: Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

May 6, 2016

Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute film vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources.  …[more]

Categories: Historic Preservation, Revolutionary War, Slavery and Abolition, Wethersfield

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