This volume of news abstracts provides a view of both the everyday life of the colonists of Eastern Connecticut and the extraordinary events of the Revolutionary War. The years 1777 through 1779 were more than just another chapter in our nation's history—Connecticut and the country were in the midst of a rebellion against the greatest power in the world. On 17 December 1773, The New London Gazette was renamed The Connecticut Gazette; however, the form of the paper remained unchanged. It was published weekly and normally carried news of Europe, England and the other colonies; followed by local news. Local news sheds a lot of light on town life. Who lived where and what were they like? What did the towns look like? What did the shopkeepers sell? What holidays did the people celebrate? How did they worship? New London was the home of the Gazette; however, Groton, Stonington, Norwich, Saybrook, Lyme, Colchester, Preston, and Lebanon were also served by the paper, as well as the neighboring towns of Windham County. A full name plus subject index augments the wealth of genealogical and historical information preserved on these pages.
Richard B. Marrin
2010, 5½x8½, paper, index, 334 pp.