Connecticut History Day 2017

Pierre Eugene Du Simetière, Silas Deane. Member of Congress

The Rise and Fall of Silas Deane, American Patriot

October 2, 2018

Esteemed by his fellow patriots as a savvy diplomat who helped cement a strategic alliance with France during the American Revolution, Deane spent his final years under a cloud of suspicion.  …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Groton, Politics and Government, Revolutionary War, Silas Deane, Wethersfield

The Amistad

August 24, 2018

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

A First Amendment Lesson: Weaver High Students Teach Their Elders

May 3, 2018

In the 1960s, Hartford high school students published a controversial newspaper that sparked debates about freedom of speech and freedom of the press. …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Education, Hartford, Social Movements

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

World War I Flying Ace Raoul Lufbery

April 6, 2018

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, 2018

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

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

Henry Barnard Advances State and National Education Initiatives

January 26, 2018

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

A Godmother to Ravensbrück Survivors

December 26, 2017

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

German American Bund parade

Southbury Takes On the Nazis

December 13, 2017

In the late 1930s, in an attempt to avoid a second world war, countries around the globe worked to curb... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Connecticut History Day 2017, Great Depression and World War II, Politics and Government, Southbury, World War II

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

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

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