On The Line tells the story of schooling and housing boundaries that have divided metropolitan Hartford, Connecticut over the past century, and the struggles of ordinary families and civil rights activists who sought to cross over, redraw, or erase these lines.

Preview this free web-book, where you can read and comment on the text while exploring the online archive of interactive maps, oral history videos, data visualizations, and archival photos & documents. Share your personal memories with our public history about the lines that were intended to separate us. All content is freely accessible on most computers and mobile devices, with additional chapters & features to come in Fall 2012.

Our collaboration by historians, geographers, librarians, students, and technology specialists from the Cities Suburbs and Schools Project at Trinity College and MAGIC (the University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center), with additional partner organizations, has received financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

One Response to Introduction

  1. Sarah says:

    I love this project. Just learned about it on The Atlantic Cities and wanted to let you know how glad I am that you’re documenting these issues. I grew up in Farmington, went to college in Boston and grad school in NYC, and have been living and working as a city planner in Miami ever since. I haven’t looked back, largely because Connecticut’s demarcation lines of wealth, poverty, and educational privilege trouble me deeply. Miami has great contrasts of wealth and poverty, but at least our consolidated school system (including one of the best magnet programs in the nation) provides a bit more equal opportunity for all. Thanks for launching this great project.

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