Connecticut History Day 2017

Vivien Kellems Takes On the IRS

April 15, 2017

Reformer Vivien Kellems fought her most famous battle against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as she sought tax reform for businesses and single people. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Connecticut History Day 2017, Postwar United States, Social Movements, Stonington, Westport, Women, Work

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

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

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

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

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