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Exploring the Legacy of Connecticut’s 1818 Constitution: Resources for Additional Research


Arnold, Douglas M. “Introduction.” In The Public Records of the State of Connecticut From May 1816 Through October 1817, Vol. XVIII, edited by Douglas M. Arnold, pp. xi-il. Hartford: Connecticut State Library, 2007.

Arnold, Douglas M. “Introduction.” In The Public Records of the State of Connecticut From May Through October 1818, Vol. XIX, edited by Douglas M. Arnold, pp. xi-il. Hartford: Connecticut State Library, 2007.

“The Avalon Project: Charter of Connecticut – 1662.” Yale Law School, 2016.

Bacon, Leonard, and Connecticut Historical Society. A Discourse on the Early Constitutional History of Connecticut: Delivered Before the Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, May 17, 1843. Hartford, CT: Case, Tiffany & Burnham, 1843.

Bates, Carlos. “Were the Fundamental Orders a Constitution?” Connecticut Bar Journal, no. 1 (January 1936): 43–50.

Besso, Michael. “A Study in Constitutional Development: The Effect of Political and Social Institutions on the Campaign for a Written Constitution in Connecticut.” Studies in American Political Development 17 (2003): 117-48.

Brownsword, Alan W. “The Constitution of 1818 and Political Afterthoughts 1800-1840. Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin 30 (1965): 1-10.

Buel, Richard, Jr. America on the Brink: How the Political Struggle Over the War of 1812 Almost Destroyed the Young Republic. New York, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006.

Buel, Richard, Jr., and George J. Willauer, Jr. ed. Original Discontents: Commentaries on the Creation of Connecticut’s Constitution of 1818. Hartford: Acorn Club and University Press of New England, 2007.

Corrigan, David. “Connecticut’s Ruling Aristocracy 1635-1818.” Connecticut Explored (Fall, 2012).

DeNardis, Lawrence J. “Reflections on the 1965 Constitutional Convention” Connecticut Explored (Summer 2024).

Donohue, Mary. “Gaining Religious Equality.” Connecticut Explored (Spring, 2016).

“Essays Commemorating the Publication of Connecticut Public Records (Volumes 18 & 19) and Original Discontents.” Michael Besso, ed., Connecticut Supreme Court History 2 (2007).

Greene, M. Louise. The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, and Company, 1905.

Hoadly, Charles J. The Three Constitutions of Connecticut, 1638-9, 1662, 1818: Messages of the Governor, Rejected Amendments to the Constitution, Act Calling Constitutional Convention, Proclamation of Governor, Roll of Delegates: Notes on Town Representation. Hartford: Printed by the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1901.

Horton, Wesley. The Connecticut State Constitution. 2nd. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Horton, Wesley. Annotated Debates of the 1818 Constitutional Convention. Rocky Hill, CT: Connecticut Bar Association, 1991.

Horton, Wesley. “The Land of Steady Constitutional Habits.” Connecticut Explored (Fall, 2012)

McCrillis, John O. C. “Connecticut Landmarks of the Constitution” map. Researched and published by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

Morse, Jarvis Means. A Neglected Period of Connecticut History 1775-1818. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1933.

Purcell, Richard J. Connecticut in Transition 1775-1818. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1963.

Rose, Gary L. “Introduction, The Constitution of the State of Connecticut.” Sacred Heart University, Digital Commons, 2011.

Roth, David M, and Freeman Meyer. From Revolution to Constitution: Connecticut, 1763-1818. Chester, CT: Pequot Press, 1975.

Scully, Joseph K., Daniel J. Foster, and Samuel Jennings. “Federalist 78 and the Connecticut Constitutional Convention of 1818.” Connecticut Supreme Court History 3 (2008).

Siegel, Andrew. “‘Steady Habits’ Under Siege: The Defense of Federalism in Jeffersonian Connecticut.” In Federalists Reconsidered, edited by Doron Ben-Atar and Barbara B. Oberg. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998.

State of Connecticut. Journal of the Proceedings of the Convention of Delegates Convened at Hartford, August 26th, 1818, for the Purpose of Forming a Constitution of Civil Government for the People of the State of Connecticut. Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1873.

State of Connecticut. Stenographic Record of the Debates and Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Connecticut; January 1, 1902, to May 15, 1902. New Haven, CT: L. Cogswell, 1902.

“Transcript of The Constitution of 1818.” Digital Text, Connecticut State Library

Trumbull, J. Hammond. Historical Notes on the Constitutions of Connecticut, 1639-1818 : Particularly on the Origin and Progress of the Movement Which Resulted in the Convention of 1818 and the Adoption of the Present Constitution. Hartford: Brown and Gross, 1873.

Turschman, Joanne. Documents relating to the Connecticut Constitution of 1818 held by the Connecticut State Library. 2nd ed. Hartford, CT: The Library, 1997.



Picture Books
Molly by Golly! by Dianne Ochiltree, illustrated by Kathleen Kemly
Introduces the first known female firefighter, Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City’s Fire Company 11, who one winter day in 1818 with many volunteers sick with influenza jumped into action to stop a house fire. (New York, 1818)

Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African American. Some people had rights, while oth-ers had none. Why shouldn’t they have them, too?

Warm as Wool by Scott R. Sanders, illustrated by Helen Cogancherry
When Betsy Ward’s family moves to Ohio from Con-necticut in 1803, she brings along a sockful of coins to buy sheep so that she can gather wool, spin cloth, and make clothes to keep her children warm. (1802)

Journey to Nowhere by Mary Jane Auch
In 1815, while traveling by covered wagon to settle in the wilderness of western New York, eleven-year-old Mem experiences a flood and separation from her family. (Connecticut to New York, 1815) and sequels, Frozen Summer and The Road to Home.

The Clock by James Lincoln Collier
In 1810 in Connecticut, trapped in a grueling job in the local textile mill to help pay her father’s debts, fif-teen-year-old Annie becomes the victim of the cruel overseer and plots revenge against him. (Connecticut, 1810)

Stopping to Home by Lee Wait
In a debut novel that is full of humor and well-researched details, Wait tells the touching story of eleven-year-old Abbie Chambers who tries to keep her little brother with her after their mother dies in a small-pox epidemic in 1806. (Maine, 1806)

What’s the Deal?: Jefferson, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase by Rhoda Blumberg
Discusses the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the po-litical maneuverings of Napoleon and Jefferson that made it possible. (1803)

Old Bet and the Start of the American Circus by Robert M. McClung, illustrated by Laura Kelly
Describes the performing career of the elephant Old Bet, whose traveling exhibition under the management of Hackaliah Bailey in the early nineteenth century gave rise to the tradition of the American circus. (New York and New England,1808)

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Nelson Maurer, illustrated by Mircea Catusanu
Noah Webster, famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States, was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinons about, well, everything. He was passionate about weaning Americans from British influence by producing a lexicon of truly American words, using words as weapons to fight again British cultural dominance. Collages illustrations incorporate archival images and excerpts from primary documents.

My Heart Glow: Alice Cogswell, Thomas Gallau-det, and the Birth of American Sign by Emily Arnold McCully
The true story of how one little girl inspired a whole new language–American Sign Language–as well as the founding of a school where it could be taught. (Connecticut, 1814)

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