Two hundred years ago, the state’s first constitution became the law of the land — marking a sharp turn from a New World nobility that had governed Connecticut since its founding.
The Constitution of 1818 severed official ties between the state and Congregational Church and expanded voting rights. It was not replaced until 1965, and the current version retains much of the original. Here are six things you should know on the bicentennial of this influential document.
Church and State — The Standing Order
“The state of Connecticut has always been governed by an aristocracy, more decisively than the empire of Great Britain is,” former President John Adams wrote in 1808....