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The Driftless Connecticut Series

Established in 2010 by Wesleyan University Press and funded by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Driftless Connecticut Series is a publication award program to recognize excellent books with a Connecticut focus or written by a Connecticut author.


Garnet Poems
An Anthology of Connecticut Poetry Since 1776
Landmark collection illuminates the state through the work of its most prominent poets
Barone, Dennis, ed., foreword by Dick Allen

The Connecticut Prison Association and the Search for Reformatory Justice

How a groundbreaking advocacy organization has helped shape Connecticut’s criminal justice system since 1875
Bates, Gordon S.

The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity
Trials from the New Haven Colony, 1639–1663
A vivid series of trials from America’s earliest days
Blue, Jon C.

Connecticut’s Fife and Drum Tradition

The first full account of this beloved American music tradition
Clark, James

Local Government in Connecticut, Third Edition

Indispensable guide to the ins and outs of Connecticut local government
Connolly, Frank B. with Roger L. Kemp and Philip K. Schenck

Post Roads & Iron Horses
Transportation in Connecticut from Colonial Times to the Age of Steam
The fascinating history of turnpikes, steamboats, canals, railroads, and trolleys in Connecticut
DeLuca, Richard

The Logbooks
Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory
Three long-neglected logbooks from Connecticut’s slave trade raise questions about memory and collective forgetting
Farrow, Anne

Becoming Tom Thumb
Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity
The definitive biography of an iconic American entertainer
Lehman, Eric D.

Homegrown Terror
Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London 
A new look at the quintessential traitor
Lehman, Eric D.

The Traprock Landscapes of New England
Environment, History, and Culture
Lavishly illustrated natural history of the distinctive lava highlands in the Connecticut Valley
LeTourneau, Peter M. and Robert Pagini

Heroes for All Time
Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories
Compelling first-hand accounts of the war, lavishly illustrated with rare period photos
Longley, Dione and Buck Zaidel

Crowbar Governor
The Life and Times of Morgan Gardner Bulkeley
First biography of one of Connecticut’s most colorful and notorious statesmen
Murphy, Kevin

Ella Grasso
Connecticut's Pioneering Governor
Intimate portrait of Connecticut’s first female governor
Purmont, Jon E.

The British Raid on Essex
The Forgotten Battle of the War of 1812
The untold story of the burning of American privateers in Connecticut
Roberts, Jerry

End of the Line
Closing the Last Sardine Cannery in America
Striking photographs of the final days of the Stinson Seafood sardine cannery in Maine
Starr, Markham

Gervase Wheeler
A British Architect in America, 1847–1860
The American career of an influential English architect
Tribert, Renée and James F. O’Gorman

Connecticut in the American Civil War
Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival
A riveting account of Connecticut’s involvement in the Civil War
Warshauer, Matthew

Prudence Crandall’s Legacy
The Fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education
Compelling account of the abolitionist’s life, legal battles, and legacy
Williams, Donald E., Jr.

Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth
A Culture of Promise
A personal history of the groundbreaking children’s mental health facility
Wiseman, Richard J.

New Haven’s Sentinels
The Art and Science of East Rock and West Rock
The innovations in art and geology inspired by two classic Connecticut landmarks
Zeilinga de Boer, Jelle and John Wareham