Civil War and Reconstruction

Sam Colt

Sam Colt’s Funeral: The Day Hartford Stopped

January 14, 2019

The funeral of America's first great munitions maker was spectacular—certainly the most spectacular ever seen in the state's capital city.  …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War and Reconstruction, Hartford, Samuel Colt

The Smith Sisters and Their Cows Strike a Blow for Equal Rights – Today in History: January 8

January 8, 2019

Abigail and Julia Smith of Glastonbury (along with Isabella Beecher Hooker) fought for a woman's right to speak at town meetings and have a say in government. …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Civil War and Reconstruction, Glastonbury, Social Movements, Women

Can Opener, E. J. Warner, patented January 5, 1858

The First US Can Opener – Today in History: January 5

January 5, 2019

On January 5, 1858, Waterbury native Ezra J. Warner invented the first US can opener. The idea of storing food... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War and Reconstruction, Invention and Technology, Waterbury

Pierre Lallement and the Modern-Day Pedal Bicycle – Today in History: November 20

November 20, 2018

On November 20, 1866, mechanic Pierre Lallement, a temporary resident of New Haven, Connecticut, received a patent for an improvement in velocipedes. …[more]

Categories: Albert Pope, Ansonia, Civil War and Reconstruction, Invention and Technology, New Haven, Transportation

“’No Taxation without Representation’: Black Voting in Connecticut

August 16, 2018

In 1870, Connecticut ratified the 15th Amendment, but poll taxes, grandfather clauses, and other means of disenfranchising African Americans remained in place. …[more]

Categories: Civil War and Reconstruction, Social Movements, The State

A Baltic Mill Helps Found a New Town

July 19, 2018

The Baltic Mill was once the largest cotton mill in the United States and led to the founding of the town of Sprague. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War and Reconstruction, Franklin, Historic Preservation, Lisbon, Sprague

Crisis Management during the American Civil War: The Hartford Soldiers’ Aid Society

May 2, 2018

The Hartford Soldiers' Aid Society was one of the most important relief organizations during the Civil War and provided new opportunities for women in the public sphere. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Hartford, Health and Medicine, Women

The Influence of Woman, Harper's Weekly, 1862

Bridgeport Women Answer the Call – Today in History: April 15

April 15, 2018

On April 15, 1861, the women of Bridgeport created the nation’s first soldiers’ aid society. News of the April 12... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Health and Medicine, Social Movements, Women

An Orderly & Decent Government: Searching for the Common Good, 1819-1865

April 12, 2018

During the early 19th century, the General Assembly was slow to deal with rising crime, poverty and the other social costs of a rapidly changing society. …[more]

Categories: An Orderly & Decent Government, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Hartford, New Haven, The State, Transportation, Wethersfield

An Orderly & Decent Government: Making Self-Government Work, 1819-1865

April 12, 2018

In the mid-19th century, Connecticut looked toward changing its electoral processes as well as its civil rights record. …[more]

Categories: An Orderly & Decent Government, Canterbury, Civil War and Reconstruction, Hartford, Ithiel Town, New Haven, Norfolk, Prudence Crandall, Social Movements

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