Voices of the New Republic: Connecticut Towns 1800-1832
Volume I: What They Said
Volume II: What We Think
CHRISTOPHER P. BICKFORD (Editor-Volume I) received his B.A. from Union College (1964), his M.A. from Harvard University (1965), and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut (1971). He was formerly the Director of the Connecticut Historical Society, and is now Director of both the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society in Rhode Island and the New London County Historical Society in Connecticut. Besides numerous articles contributed to periodicals and books, he has produced museum exhibits on topics of social and intellectual history in Connecticut and Rhode Island. He is also author of The Connecticut Historical Society, 1825-1975 (1975), Farmington in Connecticut (1982), and co-author of John Warner Barber’s Connecticut Towns, 1834-36 (1990).
HOWARD R. LAMAR (Editor Volume II) received his doctorate from Yale University in 1951. He taught at Yale from 1949, serving as William Robertson Coe Professor of American History and Sterling Professor of American History until his retirement in 1994. He is the author of Dakota Territory, 1861-1889 (1956, reprinted 1997), and The Far Southwest, 1846-1912 (1966, revised and reprinted 2000). Among his many editing credits is The Reader’s Encyclopedia of the American West (1977), which has been revised and published as the New Encyclopedia of the American West (1998). Although his special fields are frontier and western American history, he has long maintained an interest in Connecticut history, having served as Alderman of the City of New Haven, 1951-1953. He has taught courses on nineteenth-century New Haven history and given papers on the role of the Dutch in Connecticut history. He was a member of the Connecticut Humanities Council, 1987-1992, and organized a three-day symposium on the history of Grove Street Cemetery on the occasion of its two-hundredth anniversary (1998).
CAROLYN C. COOPER (Associate Editor Volumes I & II), research affiliate in Yale University’s Economics Department, is an historian of technology. Her doctoral dissertation (Yale 1985) won the Allan Nevins Prize of the Economic History Association in 1986. Her book, Shaping Invention: Thomas Blanchard’s Machinery and Patent Management in 19th-Century America appeared in 1991. She has enjoyed fellowships at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. and at the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania. She studies the historical relation of patenting to invention and has guest-edited a special issue (Oct. 1991) of Technology and Culture on that topic. Her shorter works pertinent to the early American republic include contributions to Windows on the Works: Industry on the Eli Whitney Site 1798-1979 (1984); to Early American Technology: Making and Doing Things from, the Colonial Era to 1850 (1994); and to a special issue (1988) of IA, the Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology on the Springfield Armory. She currently collaborates in a forthcoming book about the industrial heritage of New Haven.
SANDRA L. RUX (Associate Editor Volume I) received a B.A. in History from the University of Connecticut (1969), and her M.A. in History from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut (1980). She is also a graduate of the museum studies program of the Munson Institute, Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. Her business career was with AT&T in New York City as District Manager of Telecommunications and Information Technology. At present, her own consulting partnership provides historical research for architects, museums, historical societies, and for State and National Register of Historic Places applications. President of the Guilford (Connecticut) Keeping Society and director of its two museums, she is also Director of Publications for the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences in New Haven. A handloom weaver herself, she has written about nineteenth-century carpet weaving in Connecticut for the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, Annual Proceedings 1999 (2000) and for a forthcoming book by the New Haven Preservation Trust.
Volume I: What They Said ISBN 1-878508-24-5
493 pp., cloth, 8.5 x 11, illus., $31.95
Volume II: What We Think ISBN 1-878508-25-3
338 pp., cloth, 8.5 x 11, illus., $31.95