Connecticut History Day 2018: Conflict & Compromise in History

Connecticut’s history is one full of conflict and compromise. Most often these incidences 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 conflict and compromise in the United States.HistoryDayCT

Conflict & Compromise in Connecticut History

Nutmeggers have been involved in all manner of conflict and compromise 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. One only has to look at the story of John Brown or the revolutionary change brought about by the Connecticut Compromise to get a sense of the breadth of strategies Connecticut residents have employed in the name of both violent and nonviolent change.

The very idea of conflict and compromise 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 ideological clashes that made household names of such Connecticut reformers as Prudence Crandall and the Smith sisters.

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 Conflict & Compromise 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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