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