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Item 7346

Maine Anti-Slavery Society report, 1836

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1836-10-27

Location: Portland

Media: Ink on paper

Item 7485

Maine Anti-Slavery Society constitution, ca. 1833

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1833

Media: Ink on paper

Item 10222

Minutes, Portland Anti-Slavery Society, 1844-1846, 1850-1851

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1844

Location: Portland

Media: Ink on paper

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Letter from Ambrose Crane about stolen slave, 1835

Slavery's Defenders and Foes

Mainers, like residents of other states, had differing views about slavery and abolition in the early to mid decades of the 19th century. Religion and economic factors were among the considerations in determining people's leanings.


Sgt. Nelson W. Jones, 3rd Maine Infantry, ca. 1862

This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War

For Mainers like many other people in both the North and the South, the Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865, had a profound effect on their lives. Letters, artifacts, relics, and other items saved by participants at home and on the battlefield help illuminate the nature of the Civil War experience for Mainers.


Reuben Ruby hack ad, Portland, 1834

Reuben Ruby: Hackman, Activist

Reuben Ruby of Portland operated a hack in the city, using his work to earn a living and to help carry out his activist interests, especially abolition and the Underground Railroad.

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Second Congregational Church, Biddeford, 1909

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Civil War

Views about slavery were brought to the forefront of society, and in Biddeford, this was most famously captured when Frederick Douglass was denied…

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Ada Martin gymnastic costume, Bangor, 1864

John Martin: Expert Observer - Part 3, pages 38-56

… and who explained to Martin and others what slavery was like, and especially, what it was like to be whipped.

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Life on a Tidal River - Bangor and Social Reform Movements of the 1800s-1900s

The first president of the Bangor Anti-Slavery Society was John Godfrey. During the 1800's a fair number of African Americans made Bangor their home.