Ethnic Groups of Connecticut

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This entry was originally written by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG, in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the Connecticut Family History Research series.
History of Connecticut
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African American

From colonial times, African Americans have been a major ethnic group in Connecticut, providing a large number of Revolutionary soldiers.

  • White, David Oliver. Connecticut’s Black Soldiers, 1775–1783. Connecticut Bicentennial Series, no. 4. Chester, Conn.: Pequot Press, 1973.
  • Rose, James M., and Barbara W. Brown. Black Roots in Southeastern Connecticut, 1650–1900. Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.
  • Rose, James M. Tapestry: A Living History of the Black Family in Southeastern Connecticut. New London, Conn.: New London Historical Society, 1979.
  • Weed, Ralph Foster. Slavery in Connecticut. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1935.

A research guide is available on the Connecticut State Library website http://www.cslib.org/blagen.htm www.cslib.org/blagen.htm.

Native American

A research guide is available on the Connecticut State Library website. See also Ethnic Groups of Massachusetts for sources on historical background.

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