Stitched modestly into the broad canvas of Pete Seeger’s life and impact are several key ties to Connecticut that deserve a look for all who knew and loved the music and the man.
An internship designed to help the Cornwall Historical Society determine how many enslaved people were kept in that town has revealed a tantalizing connection between the town and the film “12 Years a Slave,” nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. While doing his research, Ryan Bachman of Norfolk (below), an anthropology major who is now applying to graduate schools, came across a reference to Victory Birdseye and his role in drafting the legislation that eventually helped free Solomon Northrup, an educated free black man who had been kidnapped into slavery. In 1853 Northrup wrote his memoir, “12 Years a Slave,” which has been now transformed into a much-acclaimed movie by director Steve McQueen. Victory Birdseye, the architect...
Victim's Privacy, Mental Health Among Connecticut Task Forces That Will Report to Legislature in 2014
Task forces created in 2013 are preparing to report back with recommendations to the legislature in 2014.
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety of Washington, D.C., issued its 25th-year look at laws that prevent fatalities, giving green, yellow and red ratings for states from best to worst. Connecticut has passed only eight of 15 laws in the report, giving it a yellow rating.
The legal action is one of many, with other lawsuits coming from a different type of victims of Marcial Maciel Degollado—known to his followers and victims simply as Father Maciel—the charismatic and powerful founder of the Legion of Christ.
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