Peter McClean Ryan an independent scholar of the history of colonial intolerance, will explore the long reach of the so-called Ludlow (Peters) Code, which originated in the Hartford, Connecticut and the New Haven Colonies, in a lecture entitled Catholics in Connecticut? The Long Life of Legal Intolerance.
The Ludlow Code, which was named for Roger Ludlow, the first lawyer in Connecticut, was used by the Puritans to uphold their position as God’s elect and to deny legal rights to Anglicans, Quakers, Catholics, and Jews.
This worldview clashed with the ideals of the American Revolution, as later expressed in the Bill of Rights, which was not ratified by the State of Connecticut until 1939.
Friday, Sept. 27
12th-Floor Lounge | E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center, Lincoln Center campus
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.