Valley Forge, 1777

A Connecticut Slave in George Washington’s Army

January 30, 2019

Nero Hawley, born into slavery in Connecticut in the 18th century, fought in the Revolutionary War. After his emancipation at... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Slavery and Abolition, Stratford, Trumbull, Work

Paul Robeson by Gordon Parks, 1942

“Negroes Who Stand Up and Fight Back” – Paul Robeson in Hartford

November 15, 2018

Called the "greatest mobilization of police in the city's history," the event that brought law enforcement out in force to Keney Park was not a riot, not a strike, but a concert by this singer-actor and activist. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Connecticut History Day 2017, Enfield, Hartford, Social Movements, Work

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

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

View on the Erie Canal

Benjamin Wright: The Father of American Civil Engineering

October 18, 2018

Benjamin Wright helped build transportation and canal systems in the United States and served as the chief engineer on the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Transportation, Wethersfield, Work

A Revolutionary Book Designer: Bruce Rogers of New Fairfield

October 14, 2018

Bruce Rogers was a book designer who settled in New Fairfield. Considered one of the great typographers of his time, his masterpiece was the 1936 Oxford Lectern Bible. …[more]

Categories: Arts, Literature, New Fairfield, Work

The Wheeler & Wilson Ruffler

Wheeler & Wilson: A Stitchy Situation in Watertown

September 7, 2018

The Watertown firm of Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing produced one of the most successful products of the late 19th century.... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Business and Industry, Expansion and Reform, Invention and Technology, Watertown, Work

Work on foundation of the Bulkeley Bridge

The Sand Hogs Set the Foundation for the Bulkeley Bridge

August 15, 2018

Toiling in dangerous conditions beneath the Connecticut River's surface for only $2.50 a day, African American workers dug the foundation for the Bulkeley Bridge. …[more]

Categories: Social Movements, Transportation, Work

Battling Bat Battalino: One of Hartford’s Heroes

April 11, 2018

A tenacious and long-lasting boxer, Battalino went on to win the world professional featherweight championship. …[more]

Categories: Hartford, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation, Work

Excelsior Cutlery

Connecticut Pocketknife Firms

March 7, 2018

Connecticut pocketknife production began around 1840. Over the next two decades, Connecticut became the earliest state to have a burgeoning craft. …[more]

Categories: Bridgeport, Business and Industry, Derby, Meriden, Naugatuck, Salisbury, Thomaston, Torrington, Waterbury, Winchester, Work

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