Directions: Illustrate ONE Blue Law. This illustration should be an original work of art, one FULL PAGE, and IN COLOR. It should also contain a TITLE and a CAPTION clearly identifying and explaining the law.
Blue Laws - statutes governing personal behavior - were to be found both in Europe and the American Colonies. They obviously could not be enforced with literal severity; and they generally fell into disuse after the Revolution. Connecticut's blue laws received unpleasant notoriety in the Reverend Samuel Peters's General History of Connecticut (1781), which fabricated such decrees as, "No woman shall kiss her child on the Sabbath or fasting-day." But the valid laws of Connecticut, some of which are here reproduced with biblical chapter and verse were harsh enough How did the punishment fit the crime? Which offenses would still be regarded as criminal today?