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Mark Twain Predicts the New Deal

One can only imagine the reception Mark Twain got for his comments at the Monday Evening Club in Hartford on March 22, 1886. Twain praised the Knights of Labor as a new aristocracy in the paper he read to the ...

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Everett Horton Goes Fishing for a Fortune

Everett Horton was a Bristol, Conn., crinoline hoop-maker who liked to go fishing, even on Sunday. The problem was  the Puritanical village condemned the practice. Fishing poles aren’t easy to hide, so Horton invented a pole of telescoping steel tubes. On ...

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Jackie Robinson Buys A Home in Connecticut

Integrating Major League baseball was just one of the challenges facing Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ great second baseman. Buying a house in Connecticut’s white suburbs was another. Jackie Robinson was more than a Hall of Fame baseball player. He ...

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Huckleberry Finn gets sabotaged

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was so controversial its publication was delayed for several months because of an act of sabotage.  Samuel Clemens, known of course as Mark Twain, used the character of Huck to satirize attitudes about race and ...

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