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

Hartford and New Haven: A Tale of Two Capitals

October 23, 2018

Before the expense of having two capital cities became too great, both Hartford and New Haven served that function. Hartford became the sole capital in 1875. …[more]

Categories: Hartford, John Davenport, New Haven, Politics and Government, The State, Thomas Hooker

Byram River, Pemberwick, October 16, 1955

Byram River Flood – Today in History: October 15

October 15, 2018

A few minutes before 11:00 pm on October 15, 1955, Greenwich officials pulled the alarm signal and declared a state... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Greenwich, Politics and Government

Detail of the French army's map of its route across Connecticut in Bolton

Site Lines: Mapping Rochambeau’s March across Connecticut

October 11, 2018

Moving troops and materiel over long distances during the Revolutionary War required accurate maps, most of which were in British hands, until French allies came to the rebelling colonists' aid. …[more]

Categories: Exploration and Discovery, Politics and Government, Revolutionary War, Transportation

Howard Chandler Christy, Signing of the Constitution

The US Constitutional Convention: America Forms a Bicameral Legislature

October 10, 2018

In the summer of 1787, Connecticut delegate helped shape the drafting of the US Constitution through his proposal for a bicameral legislature. …[more]

Categories: Oliver Ellsworth, Politics and Government, Roger Sherman

John F. Weir, Roger Sherman, ca. 1902

Roger Sherman, Revolutionary and Dedicated Public Servant

October 10, 2018

An author of the Connecticut Compromise, Roger Sherman is also the only person to have signed all four of the most significant documents in our nation’s early history. …[more]

Categories: New Haven, New Milford, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Roger Sherman, Sherman

Henry Deming: Mayor of Hartford and New Orleans

October 9, 2018

Henry Deming served as mayor of Hartford and then as the provisional mayor of New Orleans during the Civil War before writing a biography of Ulysses S. Grant. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Colchester, Hartford, Politics and Government

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

Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

Governor Jonathan Trumbull Dies – Today in History: August 17

August 17, 2018

On August 17, 1785, Connecticut’s first governor, Jonathan Trumbull, died. A merchant, judge, and politician, Trumbull held the distinction of... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Jonathan Trumbull, Lebanon, Politics and Government, Revolutionary War

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