Slavery and Abolition

Ellis Ruley: Art that Celebrated Life

January 5, 2018

Ellis Ruley, the son of a slave who escaped to Norwich, rose to prominence as an artist, but prosperity and racial tensions created resentment among members of the local population. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Norwich, Slavery and Abolition

Freedom to the Slave

From the State Historian: Connecticut’s Slow Steps Toward Emancipation

January 3, 2018

Slavery remained in the Land of Steady Habits until 1848, and it was not quick to advance suffrage for African Americans, either. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Noah Webster, Slavery and Abolition

The Amistad

August 24, 2017

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

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Hartford’s Challenge to “The Birth of a Nation”

August 9, 2017

D. W. Griffith’s silent movie, the racially charged "Birth of a Nation," initially played to large audiences in Hartford before meeting with official resistance after World War I. …[more]

Categories: Emergence of Modern America, Hartford, Popular Culture, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements, World War I

John Brown

John Brown Born – Today in History: May 9

May 9, 2017

On May 9, 1800, the man who became a catalyst for the Civil War was born in an 18th-century saltbox... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, John Brown, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements, Torrington

The 29th Leaves for War – Today in History: March 19

March 19, 2017

On March 19, 1864, as the 29th (Colored) Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry was preparing for deployment to the South to... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Slavery and Abolition, War and Defense

A return of the number of inhabitants in the State of Connecticut

Connecticut’s Black Governors

February 26, 2017

For approximately one hundred years, Connecticut's "Black Governors" were used by white authorities to help maintain order among the black population. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Hartford, Revolutionary War, Seymour, Slavery and Abolition

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

Little Bethel AME Church, 44 Lake Avenue, Greenwich

Site Lines: Fortresses of Faith, Agents of Change

February 19, 2017

Black churches, including the earliest ones in Connecticut, have long been at the forefront in the battle for social progress and equality. …[more]

Categories: Belief, Everyday Life, Slavery and Abolition

The Fugitive and the Hero

February 17, 2017

A runaway slave, evading the legal realities of the Fugitive Slave Law while working aboard the steamship Hero, jumped ship in East Haddam, narrowly avoiding the slave catchers that awaited him in Hartford. …[more]

Categories: Expansion and Reform, Slavery and Abolition, Social Movements

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