Connecticut History Day 2017

Thomas Dodd (at podium), Nuremberg trial, ca., 1945-46

Connecticut Lawyer Prosecutes Nazi War Criminals at Nuremberg

November 9, 2017

In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Thomas Joseph Dodd, a Norwich-born lawyer from Connecticut, served on the United... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Crime and Punishment, Great Depression and World War II, Law, War and Defense, World War II

The “Red Scare” in Connecticut

November 7, 2017

The Palmer Raids, launched in Connecticut in 1919, were part of the paranoia known as the "Red Scare" that resulted in numerous civil rights violations committed by law enforcement officials. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Connecticut History Day 2017, Crime and Punishment, Emergence of Modern America, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, New Haven, Social Movements, Waterbury

Congressional pugilists

Roger Griswold: A Governor Not Afraid To Challenge Authority

October 25, 2017

Roger Griswold was a lawyer, judge, and politician who spent the better part of his life in service to Connecticut.... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Lyme, Politics and Government, War of 1812, Work

The Rise of the Black Panther Party in Connecticut

September 18, 2017

As they did nationally, the Black Panther Party in Connecticut fought for an end to discriminatory legal and regulatory practices, often clashing with authorities to achieve their goals. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Connecticut History Day 2017, Hartford, New Haven, Postwar United States, Social Movements, Stamford, Voluntown, Waterbury

The Amistad

August 24, 2017

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

Paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh

The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Archives: How to Use Them

May 15, 2017

You could probably guess what archives might be, but think you have never seen one, or have never used one. The truth is most of us have probably used archives and don’t even know it. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017

Detail from View of Essex, Centerbrook & Ivoryton, Conn. 1881

The British Raid on Essex

April 8, 2017

On a cold April night in 1814 a British raiding force rowed six miles up the Connecticut River to burn the privateers of Essex, then known as Pettipaug. The raiders torched 27 ships and took or destroyed thousands of dollars’ in other supplies. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Essex, Revolution and the New Nation, War and Defense, War of 1812

The wreck of Major Lufbery's machine, May 19, 1918

World War I Flying Ace Raoul Lufbery

April 6, 2017

Although his time as a Connecticut resident was short, this aviator left his mark on Wallingford and a generation fighter pilots.  …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Emergence of Modern America, Wallingford, War and Defense, World War I

St. Anthony Comstock, the Village nuisance

Connecticut and the Comstock Law

March 28, 2017

The federal Comstock Law of 1873 made it illegal to sell or distribute materials that promoted contraception or abortion, to... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Catherine Roraback, Connecticut History Day 2017, Health and Medicine, Law, P.T. Barnum, Politics and Government, The Industrial United States, Women

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

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