Danbury Hatters: Researching Local History

HON 498 - Dr. Leslie Lindenauer and Dr. H. Howell Williams

Modes of Inquiry: Textual Analysis, Historical, Social, and Cultural Analysis, Artistic Creation and Analysis

Course Description:

In this hands-on class, students will explore and engage in in-depth research on local histories of labor, immigration, and power. The class explores the “Danbury Hatters Case,” a 1908 Supreme Court case that had local, state, and national political significance. Students will conduct original research in local archives concerning the Hatters Case. Throughout the semester the hatting industry will serve as a linchpin in a study of how Danbury remembers and presents its past.