Revolution and the New Nation

The Old State House, Hartford

The Hartford Convention – Today in History: December 15

December 15, 2015

On December 15, 1814, delegates to the Hartford Convention met in secret at the Old State House in Hartford. The... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, War and Defense, War of 1812

Copy of Map of Windsor, shewing the parishes, the roads, and houses by Seth Pease

Seth Pease Surveys New Lands

November 14, 2015

This Suffield native’s work in “New Connecticut” and other Western territories reveals how the new nation took stock of its expanding borders. …[more]

Categories: Environment, Everyday Life, Exploration and Discovery, Revolution and the New Nation, Science, Suffield

Illustration of "The Connecticut Courant", Oct. 29, 1764

The Oldest Continuously Published Newspaper – Today in History: October 29

October 29, 2015

On October 29, 1764, New Haven printer Thomas Green established a weekly newspaper, the Connecticut Courant, in Hartford. Only the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Everyday Life, Hartford, Revolution and the New Nation

Amos Doolittle, The looking glass for 1787. A house divided against itself cannot stand

The Connecticut Ratification Convention

September 17, 2015

Though approved at a renegade convention on September 17, 1787, the US Constitution did not become “the supreme law of the land” until 9 of the 13 states ratified the document.  …[more]

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

Benedict Arnold

Benedict Arnold Turns and Burns New London

September 6, 2015

September 6, 1781 was a brutal and terrifying day for Connecticut citizens living on both sides of New London harbor, along the Thames River. …[more]

Categories: Benedict Arnold, New London, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, War and Defense

David Bushnell and his Revolutionary Submarine

September 6, 2015

How a farmer’s son became the Father of Submarine Warfare during the American Revolution. …[more]

Categories: Invention and Technology, Old Saybrook, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Science, Westbrook

Caleb Brewster and the Culper Spy Ring

August 26, 2015

Caleb Brewster used his knowledge of Long Island Sound to serve as a member of the Culper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War. …[more]

Categories: Benedict Arnold, Bridgeport, Connecticut History Day 2017, Fairfield, Nathan Hale, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War

Shaker advertisement to board horses, 1884

Enfield’s Shaker Legacy

August 20, 2015

Shaking Quakers settled in Enfield and created the packaged seed business.  …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Belief, Business and Industry, Enfield, Revolution and the New Nation

Joel Barlow

The Hartford Wits

July 24, 2015

Eventually taking the name the "Hartford Wits," some of the most influential figures of the 18th century got together to write poetry that documented the state of the times. …[more]

Categories: Derby, Hartford, Literature, Middletown, New Haven, Redding, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Timothy Dwight, Waterbury, Watertown

Oliver Ellsworth

Senator Oliver Ellsworth’s Judiciary Act

July 17, 2015

When the United States Senate first convened in 1789, many expected it to be a fairly passive body, similar to... Read more » …[more]

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

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