Connecticut History Day 2017: Taking a Stand in History

Connecticut history is full of examples of individuals and communities taking a firm stand on important issues, embracing risk, and facilitating change. These examples take the form of compelling stories about individuals and groups that made a lasting impact on our nation’s history. From tales of freedom (such as the revolt of the enslaved Mende aboard the Amistad) to acts of civil disobedience (such as those undertaken by the Industrial Workers of the World to protect their right to speak), the perseverance and resolve demonstrated throughout Connecticut’s history makes significant contributions to the story of radicals, rebels, and reformers in the United States.HistoryDayCT

Taking a Stand in Connecticut History

Nutmeggers have excelled at opposing the status quo dating back to the establishment of the Fundamental Orders and carrying right through to the modern fight against educational segregation found in the case of Sheff v. O”Neill. This has required not only pushing at the boundaries of law and government but those of art, education, the environment, and health and medicine as well. It is the principled actions and determination of those faced with new challenges that has fostered much of the innovation in governance, expression, and technology traditionally associated with our state. One only has to look at the stories of John Brown and Roger Torey Peterson to get a sense of the breadth of strategies Connecticut residents have employed in the name of change.

The very act of taking a stand provides fascinating opportunities for study through its promotion of encounters with new people, ideas, cultures, and environments as well. These interactions, while sometimes causing conflict, also challenge long-held beliefs, help broaden ideas, and give rise to new perspectives. The diverse nature of these impacts present themselves when one compares stories of tensions between the early settlers and indigenous peoples that brought about conflicts such as the Pequot War, and similar cultural clashes that produced inspired social experiments such as the Foreign Mission School.

Whether you choose to focus on issues of race, belief, gender, law, politics and government, work, or education, Connecticut’s history provides numerous examples of engaging stories to help you in your search for a local topic that addresses the many varied aspects of Taking A Stand in History.

We designed this Connecticut History Day page to help you find the perfect topic and connect you to the sources you need to get your project started. We will add new items and links as we get them, so be sure to check back often. In addition, if you have any questions, we’re here, just ask. Happy exploring!

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Connecticut History Day is one of 57 affiliate programs of National History Day. It is sponsored by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network with support from The Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Explored and




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