Friday, September 30, 2016

Blue Laws

Quite a while back I encouraged people to take a look at Blue laws and how they might affect your historical articles or novels. In google books I found a history of blue laws from 1861 titled "The Blue Laws of Connecticut"

It appears that the blue laws of Connecticut seemed to be the standard. Rev. John Cotton of New Haven, Ct. in 1655 and Gov. Eaton at the time found the need to write these laws. They were printed in England and distributed in New Haven in 1656.

Wikipedia has an interesting article about the blue laws and lists several. Wikipedia link.

With regard to the 19th century Blue laws were still in effect. However, they mostly pertained to the buying and selling on the Sabbath/Sunday.

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