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HS – Church & State in the “Land of Steady Habits”

Has there ever been complete separation of church and state…


Grade 5 – The Fundamental Orders: Rules and Laws for Early Colonial Connecticut

October 20, 2017 • Grade 5

What is the best way to organize a government? How…


Grade 8 – Who Gets to Vote? History of Voting Rights in Connecticut and the United States

September 26, 2017 • Grade 8

How have the American conceptions of freedom and equality changed…


HS – A Connecticut Lawyer Stands for Human Rights

Edward Dorgan Lewis S. Mills High School, Burlington To what…


Grade 3 – Connecticut Heroes of World War I

June 26, 2017 • Grade 3

What is the significance of Connecticut’s contribution to America’s story?…


HS – “Women of Connecticut: Are You Helping?” The Reaction to Emergency Food Measures During World War I

Christine Gauvreau, Project Coordinator, Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project, Connecticut State…


HS – “Saved.” Theodate Pope and the Sinking of the Lusitania

June 26, 2017 • HS - United States History

To what extent has the United States succeeded in remaining…


HS – Connecticut Prepares for War, 1917

June 26, 2017 • HS - United States History

How does the role of government change in a time…


Lovely St. School, Avon, 1912

Grade 3 – Kids in Connecticut History: Image Analysis Skill-Builder

April 10, 2017 • Grade 3

In what ways have the lives of children in Connecticut changed or stayed the same over time?


Letter from Charles F. Coughlin to his mother, November 16, 1917

HS – Over There: A Connecticut Soldier in France

March 28, 2017 • HS - United States History

How do you measure the cost of war?


HS – The Immigrant Experience During World War I: Enemy Aliens

March 13, 2017 • HS - United States History

How did the government effort to mobilize and monitor the Connecticut home front during World War I affect the immigrant experience and conceptions of national identity?


Detail of the pamphlet American Ideals

HS – Beware Thy Neighbor? German Americans in Connecticut during WWI

February 28, 2017 • HS - United States History

Has America always been a “Land of Opportunity” for immigrants?


W. E. B. Dubois in the office of The Crisis

HS – Black World War I Veterans Demand Civil Rights

February 28, 2017 • HS - United States History

How did World War I impact the struggle for civil rights in Connecticut and America?


World War I enlistment banner

HS – Enlist Now! Selling Sacrifice to the People of Connecticut, 1917

February 25, 2017 • HS - United States History

Why do people enlist in the military?


HS – “Making Munitions is a Woman’s Job” During World War I

February 22, 2017 • HS - United States History

What impact did the women of Connecticut have on the Great War (WWI)?


Waterburian Held for Reviling Flag; Another Tries to Kill Soldier

HS – Free Speech and Seditious Speech on the CT World War I Home Front

February 11, 2017 • HS - United States History

Does free speech exist in a time of war?


We closed the road to Paris

HS – World War I Propaganda

February 2, 2017 • HS - United States History

What role does propaganda play in a time of war?


Grade 8 – The Amistad Incident and the Face of Slavery

December 6, 2016 • Grade 8

What role did the Amistad incident play in the abolitionist movement in the United States?


Hill-Stead workers and overseer Allen Cook, ca. 1913

HS – Is That a Mastodon?! A Case Study in Civic Responsibility

December 1, 2016 • HS - Civics and Government

To what extent are we, as citizens, responsible for the care of accidentally discovered natural faunal specimens?


HS – The Civilian Conservation Corps in Connecticut

November 30, 2016 • HS - United States History

How did the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) impact Connecticut during the Great Depression and today?


HS – On the Move: The Bicycle, Women, and Social Change in the 19th Century

November 17, 2016 • HS - United States History

To what extent are technology, fashion, and social reform interconnected?



HS – Connecticut Women and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

November 2, 2016 • HS - United States History

How have American concepts of freedom and equality changed since the 1870s? How might the changes be perceived differently by different segments of the population?


Grade 5 – Mapping the New World: Dutch Maps of the Colonies

October 19, 2016 • Grade 5

How did the physical geography of New England affect how the colonies developed?


Grade 3 – Exploring Communities: Using Historic Maps to Learn about the Past

October 12, 2016 • Grade 3

Why do our communities look the way they do today?


HS – Roots of Labor Unrest in Progressive-Era CT

September 13, 2016 • HS - United States History

What were the causes of the labor unrest that roiled Connecticut in the years between 1900 and World War I?


HS – African Americans in Progressive-Era CT: The Battle over the Jack Johnson Fight Film

September 13, 2016 • HS - United States History

What does the battle over the Johnson-Jeffries fight film tell us about the social position of African Americans in Progressive Era Connecticut?


Last Words of Captain Nathan Hale

Grade 5 – Nathan Hale: A Connecticut Hero

July 13, 2016 • Grade 5

What makes a hero?


Grade 8 – Myron D. Webster Civil War Haversack

July 12, 2016 • Grade 8

How does an entire society participate in war?


Grade 5 – The Pequot War

June 23, 2016 • Grade 5

How does colonization affect indigenous people?


Detail of a recruitment poster for George Washington’s Continental Army

Grade 5 – To Join, or Not to Join, George Washington’s Army

May 18, 2016 • Grade 5

Why do people enlist in the military?


Grade 8 – Accused: 17th-Century Witch Trials

April 20, 2016 • Grade 8

What factors led to the 17th-century witchcraft trials in Connecticut?


Grade 3 – Connecticut Whaling and Maritime History

March 16, 2016 • Grade 3

How have Connecticut’s maritime products and industries contributed to the history of America?


Grade 5 – Caleb Brewster & The Culper Ring

March 2, 2016 • Grade 5

In what ways did “ordinary” Americans contribute to the Revolution?


Grade 3 – Account Book of James Stewart’s General Store

November 16, 2015 • Grade 3

How do we trade goods and services?


Grade 8 – The Black Law in Connecticut

November 16, 2015 • Grade 8

What is social justice?


Grade 5 – New London’s Role in American Independence

October 30, 2015 • Grade 5

What was Connecticut’s role in the American Revolution?


Grade 3 – Economic Development: Saugatuck’s Development Over Time

October 30, 2015 • Grade 3

In what ways has own town and Connecticut changed and/or stayed the same over time?


Grade 3 – Kids at Sea in the 19th Century

October 26, 2015 • Grade 3

How did maritime culture influence the people of Connecticut?


Grade 5 – George Washington’s Slave Census

October 22, 2015 • Grade 5

What did the Founding Fathers really think about slavery?


Grade 5 – Charter Oak: A Symbol of Independence

October 20, 2015 • Grade 5

How would you protect your freedoms?


Grade 8 – The Inventions of A. A. Hotchkiss And Sons

October 19, 2015 • Grade 8

How did Sharon, Connecticut based manufacturers A.A. Hotchkiss and Sons contribute to major innovations in U.S. history?


Grade 8 – The Iron Industry of Northwest Connecticut

October 19, 2015 • Grade 8

Would there have been a thriving iron industry in Connecticut without the geological and geographical advantages of the northwest corner?


Grade 8 – Venture Smith: From Slavery to Connecticut Businessman

October 19, 2015 • Grade 8

Can a former slave prosper in a colony where slavery is legal?


Nancy Toney

Grade 8 – Abolition and African Americans in Connecticut

June 3, 2015 • Grade 8

In what way did the abolition of slavery indicate progress, or decline, for the lives of African Americans?


Map of Pioneer Hartford produced in 1927

Grade 3 – Hartford: Then and Now

April 1, 2015 • Grade 3

In what ways has Hartford, Connecticut changed and/or stayed the same over time?


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