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  • CT Closeup: Haddam

    CT Closeup:  Haddam
    HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: Originally part of Haddam, and named for Little Haddam in Hertfordshire, England, the eastern side of town was settled around 1685 and incorporated as a separate town in 1734.
  • Black Men, Black Masters

    Black Men, Black Masters
    The first U.S. Census for Connecticut lists six black men as owners of slaves, notably a New London County man named Prince, who is shown as owning four people. In his doctoral dissertation on the lives of black people in Colonial-era Connecticut, Guocun...

    Chapter One: The Plantation Next Door

    The most disturbing evidence of Connecticut's long and profitable complicity in slavery lies hidden in plain sight in the town of Salem, in the fields and woods around an ice cream bar near Routes 11 and 82. There, archaeologists from Central Connecticut...