(UPDATE: Commenters — here and ESPECIALLY on my Facebook page have made a compelling case that Connecticut was revolutionary in other ways. I suspect they have now done more collective thinking about this than the people who put together this campaign.)
“Still revolutionary” is not a terrible slogan.
But it’s a very odd choice for a state whose most famous contribution to the American Revolution was Benedict Arnold.
Connecticut does not have the storied Revolutionary history that some other states have,. There are no famous battlefields and not much else to look at.There’s Jonathan Trumbull’s war office, shown here in all its spine-tingling glory. Connecticut was sometimes known as the “provision state” during the war because we were so good at the boring side of war — providing pots and tents and bowls and socks and stuff like that. And Trumbull was a big part of running the finances of the war.
This was not a hotbed of discontent with the crown, not the way Boston was. As in so many other things, we were more plodding and cautious. And in fact, the western part of the state was fairly heavy with Tory loyalists.
Nathan Hale is a good story, but Hale was unheard of during the war. His legend was located and burnished much later, partly because Connecticut and Yale seemed light on good revolution stories.
So, we wouldn’t have to be all that revolutionary to be still as revolutionary as we used to be.