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The Real Revolutionary Connecticut & Other State's Theme Songs

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Maybe what Connecticut needed, during and immediately after the American Revolution, was a huge marketing campaign like the one recently announced. As most of you know, the state has just jumped into a $27 million marketing push with the slogan "Still Revolutionary."

The only problem with that is that Connecticut has always appeared to be, at best, a supporting player in the story of that war. We were really good and getting provisions to the troops. We had a couple of largely forgotten battles. We had Israel Putnam, a genuinely badass warrior and Nathan Hale, who was a complete unknown until long after the conflict ended when there was indeed what amounted to a marketing campaign to bring his story to the forefront.

We wanted to talk a little more about all of the preceding, and then we found out that State Historian Walter Woodward actually used to work in advertising. And wrote state jingles.

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Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer.

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