Connecticut History Day 2017

Kimberly Mansion, Glastonbury

The Smith Sisters, Their Cows, and Women’s Rights in Glastonbury

March 12, 2017

By refusing to pay unfair taxes, these siblings became national symbols of discrimination suffered by women and of the struggle of the individual against government.  …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Glastonbury, Law, Politics and Government, Social Movements, Women

Photograph of Hilda Crosby Standish

Hilda Crosby Standish, Early Proponent of Women’s Reproductive Health

March 10, 2017

A pioneer of sex education and family planning, this physician directed the state’s first birth control clinic in 1935. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Education, Health and Medicine, Women

The Old State House, Hartford

Jackson v. Bulloch and the End of Slavery in Connecticut

February 24, 2017

Nancy Jackson, a Georgia-born slave living in Hartford, sued for her freedom in 1837. Her victory helped further the abolitionist cause in a state slowly moving toward outlawing slavery. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Expansion and Reform, Hartford, Revolutionary War, Slavery and Abolition, Windsor

Mrs. Constance Motley at a news conference with Medgar Evers and Jack Greenberg, September 28, 1962, New Orleans, Louisiana - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection

Constance Baker Motley: A Warrior for Justice

February 18, 2017

New Haven lawyer Constance Baker Motley became famous for arguing some of the most important cases of the civil rights movement. …[more]

Categories: Chester, Connecticut History Day 2017, Law, New Haven, Postwar United States, Social Movements, Women

During the city riots of July 1967, a Hartford policeman dashes up Kennedy Street toward Main Street as tear gas spreads behind him. Hartford exploded that month when black residents in North Hartford rioted against continuing discrimination, poor housing, their treatment at the hands of police, and the lack of job opportunities. Photograph by Ellery G. Kington - Hartford Times Collection, Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library

The Language of the Unheard: Racial Unrest in 20th-Century Hartford

February 13, 2017

Race riots in Hartford during the 1960s came about thanks to a century of frustration and political inaction surrounding disparate standards of living among different races and ethnicities, …[more]

Categories: Abraham Ribicoff, Connecticut History Day 2017, Hartford, Postwar United States, Social Movements

Norwich Free Academy, School Architecture: Pt. II. Plans for Graded Schools by Henry Barnard

Henry Barnard Advances State and National Education Initiatives

January 26, 2017

This 19th-century reformer sought to promote harmonious social and civic behavior by revamping the US school system. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Education, Expansion and Reform, Hartford, Henry Barnard

Oakwood Acres temporary housing

The Debate Over Who Could Occupy World War II Public Housing in West Hartford

January 15, 2017

In the 1940s, African American war workers eligible for government-funded housing found access restricted to some properties despite vacancies.  …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Great Depression and World War II, New Britain, War and Defense, West Hartford, Work, World War II

Ida M. Tarbell, ca. 1905-1945 - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Harris & Ewing Collection

Ida Tarbell: The Woman Who Took On Standard Oil

January 6, 2017

At the end of the 19th century, Ida Tarbell became one of the most famous "muckraking" journalists in America, thanks largely to her investigation of the Standard Oil Company. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Easton, Emergence of Modern America, Literature, Social Movements, Women

Maria Sanchez and Alejandro La Luz, Puerto Rican spokesmen, Hartford

Maria Sánchez, State Representative and Community Advocate

January 3, 2017

The first Latina elected to the Connecticut General Assembly started as a grassroots activist for Hartford's Puerto Rican community.  …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Education, Hartford, Immigration, Maria Sanchez, Politics and Government, Social Movements, Women

The 35 Ravensbrück Lapins who traveled to the United States from December 1958 to December 1959 - Connecticut Landmarks

A Godmother to Ravensbrück Survivors

December 26, 2016

Philanthropist Caroline Ferriday aided women whose internment at a German concentration camp during WWII left them scarred, physically as well as psychologically.  …[more]

Categories: Bethlehem, Connecticut History Day 2017, Great Depression and World War II, Women, World War II

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