Politics and Government

Placard commemorating the adoption of the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

The Fundamental Orders: Connecticut’s Role in Early Constitutional Government

January 15, 2019

Embracing the ideals supported by Hartford founder the Rev. Thomas Hooker, the Fundamental Orders represent what many consider to be the first written constitution in the Western world. …[more]

Categories: Colonization and Settlement, Hartford, Politics and Government, Thomas Hooker, Wethersfield, Windsor

Connecticut Ratifies US Constitution – Today in History: January 9

January 9, 2019

On January 9, 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, which had been... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Law, Oliver Ellsworth, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, Roger Sherman

Lounsbury Elected Governor – Today in History: January 4

January 4, 2019

On January 4th 1899, George Edward Lounsbury was elected the 58th Governor of Connecticut, for which he served roughly three... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Politics and Government, Ridgefield, The Industrial United States

Chief G’tinemong/Ralph W. Sturges

December 25, 2018

This Mohegan Chief is remembered for successfully guiding the Tribe through the final stages of Federal Recognition, which it obtained in 1994. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Contemporary United States, Montville, Native Americans, New London, Politics and Government, World War II

German American Bund parade

Southbury Takes On the Nazis

December 13, 2018

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

The Connecticut Poll Tax

November 9, 2018

The Connecticut poll tax lasted for almost 300 years and encompassed four different variants. …[more]

Categories: Law, Politics and Government, The State

Samuel A. Foote

Samuel Foot: A Trader Turned Governor

November 8, 2018

Samuel Foot was a West India trader from Cheshire, Connecticut, who went on to a successful career in politics. Not... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Cheshire, Politics and Government, War of 1812, Work

John F. Kennedy campaigning in New Haven, 1960

The Kennedys in Connecticut – Today in History: November 6

November 6, 2018

On November 6, 1960, forty-eight hours before the Presidential election, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts addressed a street rally in New Haven.  …[more]

Categories: New Haven, Politics and Government

Picking Tobacco in the Connecticut River Valley

Literacy Tests and the Right To Vote

November 5, 2018

Connecticut was the first state to require a literacy test of would-be voters and, even as the practice came under fire as a tool of discrimination, the state held steady until 1970.  …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Business and Industry, Connecticut History Day 2017, Law, Politics and Government, Postwar United States, Social Movements, Windsor, Work

Charles De Wolf Brownell, Charter Oak

Hiding the Charter: Images of Joseph Wadsworth’s Legendary Action

October 31, 2018

Overshadowed by the famed oak, Joseph Wadsworth, “the hero of the Charter,” has become the Rodney Dangerfield of Connecticut history—he doesn’t get any respect—or much recognition. …[more]

Categories: Colonization and Settlement, Folklore, Politics and Government

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