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Stories from Hartford's Grassroots

John Brown & the Negro in the Dark

Samson Easton entered the State House in Hartford through a door someone had left open. He and another man carried a lantern and yards of black cloth. Easton climbed to … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Shameful Legacy of Sam Colt

Some Hartford people are pretty desperate for heroes. What other explanation could there be for the recent attempts to glorify gunmaker Samuel Colt? ┬áHis 19th century factory is now a … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · 3 Comments

Sam Clemens, Union Man

He is best known for his American classics Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but Hartford resident Samuel Clemens– alias Mark Twain– was also a staunch advocate and … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

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