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Fall 2014 CoverFall 2014 VOLUME 12/NUMBER 4

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Connecticut Explored
CONNECTICUT HISTORY, ONE GOOD STORY AFTER ANOTHER

IN THIS ISSUE:
The Power of the Pen
Welles on Lincoln
The Courant and Its Politics
The Unsung Novelist Ann Petry
Our Newbery and Caldecott Medal Winners
Connecticut Pioneers Copyright Law

ON THE COVER:
(l to r) Ann Petry (page 26), courtesy of Elisabeth Petry; Gideon Welles (page 20), Library of Congress; “Cubist Reflection,” Richard Welling (page 14), Connecticut Historical Society; Ida Tarbell (page 50), Library of Congress

Table of Contents

9  Hog River Journal

10 Letters, etc.

13 From the State Historian: Birth Control and Zones of Privacy
By Walter W. Woodward

14 Hartford’s Artist Historian
With pen and ink, Richard Welling documented a city.
By Nancy Finlay

20 A Connecticut Yankee in Lincoln’s Cabinet
History in the words of Lincoln’s secretary of the navy.
By J. Ronald Spencer

26 “Just Like Georgia Except for the Climate”
Novelist Ann Petry captured mid-20th-century Connecticut.
By Elisabeth Petry

 32 Once Upon a Time in Connecticut
Our history of award-winning children’s books.
By Jennifer LaRue Huget

38 The Political Fires that Fueled The Courant
For most of its 250 years, politics was the point.
By Joseph F. Nunes

43  Father of American Copyright Law
By Elizabeth J. Normen

46  Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Unpopular Cause  
By Beth Burgess

48   When Books Became Enemy Propaganda
By Mark H. Jones

50 Site Lines: A Muckracker Retreats to Easton
By Karin Peterson

52  From the Desk of Connecticut Humanities.
By Amanda Roy

54  Spotlight: Events & News from Partner Organizations

60  Afterword