Author Archives: benjoniles

The David Ruggles Portion

David Ruggles was born in the March of 1810 in Lyme, Connecticut. His parents were free blacks, and after moving to Norwich, Connecticut at a young age, members of his society, or “Bean Hill” as it were, paid a Yale … Continue reading

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The Flora Slave Case from the Hooker Archives

In his “Some Reminiscences of a Long Life”, John Hooker recalls the Flora Slave Case.  In 1845, Hooker lived in Farmington, Connecticut—a town famous for its connection to the Underground Railroad.  Hooker moved to the area in 1840 and in … Continue reading

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Potential Sources

Connecticut State Library. Connecticut State Library, 1 Jan. 2008. Web. 4 Mar. 2014. <http://www.cslib.org/undergroundrrct.htm&gt;.   The Connecticut State Library’s introduction to the Underground Railroad is brief, but it offers an excellent overview of the eighteenth century, the prevalence of slavery … Continue reading

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The American Anti-Slavery Society and William Lloyd Garrison

The Ohio Center for History’s introduction on anti-slavery societies outlines the birth, life, and dissolution of the American Anti-Slavery Society and its affiliated state organizations.  The American Anti-Slavery Society was one of the most prominent abolitionist organizations in the United … Continue reading

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James Pennington and the Farmington Congregational Church

James Pembroke was born a slave in Maryland in 1807.  A rarity among young African-American boys in the early nineteenth century, Pembroke was able to live beside both his parents, at least for a short period of time.  While a … Continue reading

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Ruggles and the Penny Press

In the early nineteenth century, when many progressive movements were taking shape, determined political leaders and social activists relied heavily on the use of both the printing press and the post office.  For prominent figures like Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, … Continue reading

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The Project-Based Quest for Ruggles

David Ruggles was born in the March of 1810 in Lyme, Connecticut.  His parents were free blacks, and after moving to Norwich, Connecticut, at a young age, members of his society, or “Bean Hill” as it were, paid a Yale … Continue reading

Posted in 21st Century Learning, American Studies, HOT Logs Dec. 2013 | 4 Comments

Shakespeare’s Lesson

Many critics believe it is impossible for Shakespeare to have written what he allegedly authored because of a lack of education.  Researchers discovered evidence to suggest that William Shakespeare was a teacher in his early twenties.  If he were a … Continue reading

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The Middle Finger is the New Thumb

Romeo and Juliet (Act One, Scene One) In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the wordplay in the first scene of Act One sets the stage for the ongoing conflict and tension between the Montagues and the Capulets.  In the opening scene … Continue reading

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