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The Case of the Piglet's Paternity: Trials from the New Haven Colony, 1639-1663 by
Call Number: KF220 .B58 2015
Publication Date: 2017-06-06
LibGuides: Judge Jon C. Blue assembles thirty-three of the most significant and intriguing trials from the records of the New Haven Colony, and examines a distinctive judicial system from a modern legal perspective.
Colonial Ecology, Atlantic Economy: Transforming Nature in Early New England by
Publication Date: 2019-06-28
LibGuides: Focusing on the Connecticut River Valley--New England's longest river and largest watershed-- Strother E. Roberts traces the local, regional, and transatlantic markets in colonial commodities that shaped an ecological transformation in one corner of the rapidly globalizing early modern world.
Creatures of Empire by
Call Number: SF51 .A655 2004
Publication Date: 2004-11-15
LibGuides: Virginia DeJohn Anderson reveals in this account of colonists in New England and the Chesapeake region that livestock played a vitally important role in the settling of America and were a central factor in the cultural clash between the colonists and Indigenous peoples.
The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England by
Call Number: BF1576 .K37 1987
Publication Date: 1998-04-17
LibGuides: Carol F. Karlsen examines the social construction of witchcraft in seventeenth-century New England and illuminates the larger contours of gender relations in that society.
Everyday Crimes: Social Violence and Civil Rights in Early America by
Publication Date: 2019-08-06
LibGuides: Kelly A. Ryan explores the stories of legally and socially dependent people--free and enslaved African Americans, married white women, and servants--who resisted violence in Massachusetts and New York, despite lacking formal protection through the legal system.
Food for the Dead by
Call Number: GR830.V3 B45 2001
Publication Date: 2011-10-15
LibGuides: Folklorist Michael E. Bell investigates cases in nineteenth-century New England where the presumed vampiric dead were exhumed to save people suffering from tuberculosis, and explores a widespread folk tradition that has survived generations.
For Adam's Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England by
Call Number: F104.N7 D5 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-22
LibGuides: In this narrative of family life and the slave experience in the colonial North, Allegra di Bonaventura describes the complexity of the master/slave relationship between Joshua Hempstead and Adam Jackson, and traces the intertwining stories of the Hempstead and Jackson families until the eve of the Revolution.
Hidden History of Connecticut by
Call Number: F94.6 .F38 2010
Publication Date: 2010-11-26
LibGuides: Follow along with historian Wilson H. Faude as he traverses the state of Connecticut in search of hidden history.
The Historical Development of the Poor Law of Connecticut by
Call Number: HV98.C8 C3 1905
Publication Date: 1905
LibGuides: Edward Warren Capen traces the development of laws in Connecticut pertaining to poverty and the poor from the early colonial period to the early twentieth century. Originally published in 1905. Please be advised that the narrative contains assumptions and attitudes about impoverished persons and marginalized groups that may be considered outdated or offensive.
History of the Indians of Connecticut from the Earliest Known Period to 1850 by
Call Number: E78.C7 D4 1991
Publication Date: 1851
LibGuides: Connecticut author John William De Forest traces the history of Connecticut’s Indigenous peoples from the 1600s to 1850. Originally published in 1851. Please be advised that the narrative contains assumptions and attitudes about Indigenous peoples that could be considered offensive to researchers and investigators.
Maladies of Empire by
Call Number: online access through EBSCOhost
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
LibGuides: A global history that looks beyond European urban centers to show how slavery, colonialism, and war propelled the development of modern medicine. Reexamining the foundations of modern medicine, Jim Downs demonstrates that the study of infectious disease depended crucially on the unrecognized contributions of nonconsenting subjects--conscripted soldiers, enslaved people, and subjects of empire. Plantations, slave ships, and battlefields were the laboratories in which physicians came to understand the spread of disease.
Miraculous Plagues: An Epidemiology of Early New England Narrative by
Call Number: RA650.5 .S57 2011
Publication Date: 2011-08-02
LibGuides: Cristobal Silva considers how regional and generational patterns of illness affected the perception of communal identity, and analyzes the translation of epidemic events into narrative and generic terms, providing a new way to conceptualize the relationship between immunology and ideology.
The Myth and Reality of Slavery in Eastern Connecticut by
Call Number: E445.C7 S83 2023
Publication Date: 2023-01-02
LibGuides: Archivist and historian Bruce P. Stark tells the story of the Browne family, their estate in Lyme and Colchester, and the enslaved people and tenants who lived on and worked the land.
New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America by
Call Number: E446 .W26 2017
Publication Date: 2017-05-09
LibGuides: While earlier histories of slavery largely confine themselves to the South, Wendy Warren's exploration links the growth of the northern colonies to the slave trade and examines the complicity of New England's leading families, demonstrating how the region's economy derived its vitality from the slave trading ships coursing through its ports.
New Haven Town Records, 1769 - 1819 by
Publication Date: 2020-09-15
LibGuides: An annotated transcription of New Haven's official town records from the end of the French and Indian War through the American Revolution, up to the passage of Connecticut's Constitution of 1818. The reference provides details on hundreds of municipal regulations and thousands of New Haven residents through the 50-year period.
Post Roads & Iron Horses: Transportation in Connecticut from Colonial Times to the Age of Steam by
Call Number: HE213.C6 D45 2011
Publication Date: 2011-12-15
LibGuides: Historian and transportation engineer Richard DeLuca examines the turnpikes, steamboats, canals, railroads, and trolleys (street railroads) that helped define Connecticut and shape New England.
The Province of Affliction: Illness and the Making of Early New England by
Call Number: online access through EBSCOhost
Publication Date: 2020-08-06
LibGuides: Ben Mutschler explores the roles that illness played in shaping the foundations of New England society and government from the late seventeenth century through the early nineteenth century.
Religion and American Politics by
Call Number: BR516 .R34 2007
Publication Date: 2007-09-13
LibGuides: How do religion and politics interact in America? How has that relationship changed over time? Why have American religious and political thought sometimes developed along a parallell course while at other times they have moved in opposite directions? These are among the many questions addressed in this book.
Unwelcome Americans: Living on the Margin in Early New England by
Call Number: F90.A1 H47 2001
Publication Date: 2001-01-03
LibGuides: In eighteenth-century America, no centralized system of welfare existed to assist people who found themselves without food, medical care, or shelter. Unwelcome Americans recovers the stories of forty New Englanders who were forced to leave various communities in Rhode Island. Through this reconstruction, Ruth Wallis Herndon provides a corrective to the narratives of the privileged that have dominated the conversation in this crucial period of American history.
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General Research Guides
Research guides compiled by the Connecticut State Library.
Town and State Records
Information about American and pre-American colonial monetary systems.
Language and Grammar
Information about language and grammar conventions in colonial America.
Information about various laws in colonial and early American Connecticut.
Information about common names and naming conventions during the colonial and early American periods.
Information about religion and the role it played in colonial and early American communities.
Information about Patriots and Loyalists in Connecticut during the American Revolution.
Information about witchcraft panics and prosecutions in Connecticut.
Other Items of Interest
- Bowler, Clara Ann. “Carted Whores and White Shrouded Apologies: Slander in the County Courts of Seventeenth-Century Virginia.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 85, no. 4 (October 1977): 411-426. https://www.jstor.org/stable/4248161.
- Gaskins, Richard. “Changes in the Criminal Law in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut.” The American Journal of Legal History 25, no. 4 (1981): 309-342. https://doi.org/10.2307/845276.
- Stannard, David E. “Death and Dying in Puritan New England.” The American Historical Review 78, no. 5 (December 1973): 1305-1330. https://doi.org/10.2307/1854094.
Connecticut statutes regarding executions
Meaning the record of when and how a writ was completed, not to be confused with capital punishment.
Connecticut statutes regarding felonies
Offenses include bestiality, sodomy, false witness, arson, burning magazines, cutting off members, blasphemy, atheism and deism, burglary, robbery, counterfeiting, forgery, murder, murder of illegitimate children, manslaughter, rape.
Connecticut statutes regarding nightwalking
Meaning people who roam about at night especially with criminal intent, not concerning prostitutes or prostitution.
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