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This Exhibit Contains 14 Items
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Maine Anti-Slavery Society constitution, ca. 1833

Maine Anti-Slavery Society constitution, ca. 1833

Item 7485 info
Maine Historical Society

The Maine Anti-Slavery Society was founded in May 1833. While this constitution is undated, it is probably from 1833. It contains signatures of the group's members members.

The constitution states that the society will "encourage & promote the intellectual, moral & religious improvement of the free people of color, & by correcting prevailing & wicked prejudices, endeavor to obtain for them, as well as the enslaved, an equality with the whites in civil, intellectual & religious privileges; but will never countenance the oppressed in vindicating their rights by physical force."


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Maine Anti-Slavery Society request, 1836

Maine Anti-Slavery Society request, 1836

Item 7484 info
Maine Historical Society

The Maine Anti-Slavery Society sought permission to use Portland's Town Hall for a meeting Oct. 16, 1836.


3
Temperance petition, 1845

Temperance petition, 1845

Item 13253 info
Maine State Archives

This is a temperance petition that was presented to the Maine Legislature in 1845.

It was widely believed that if the manufacture and sale of liquor could be abolished, crime and poverty would disappear from society.

Women were among the most active proponents of legislation to prohibit the use of alcoholic beverages; and by the end of the century Maine had enacted the most stringent anti-liquor laws in the country.


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Maine woman suffrage petition, 1858

Maine woman suffrage petition, 1858

Item 13251 info
Maine State Archives

An 1858 petition, signed mostly by women, asks the Maine Legislature to grant women the right to vote.

Women petitioned for suffrage at both the state and national level until the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave all American women voting rights in 1920.


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Anti-suffrage stamps, 1918

Anti-suffrage stamps, 1918

Item 5470 info
Maine Historical Society

These stamps represent anti-suffrage for women sentiment. The stamps were produced by the Maine Association Opposed to Suffrage for Women.


6
Signing of Woman Suffrage Proclamation, 1917

Signing of Woman Suffrage Proclamation, 1917

Item 5471 info
Maine Historical Society

Maine Governor Carl E. Milliken signs a Maine legislative resolution to hold a special election on Sept. 10, 1917 on a state constitutional amendment to grant woman the vote in Maine.

After 40 years of effort, the pro-woman suffrage forces in Maine got the resolution through the Maine Legislature.

At the signing ceremony are, from left, Mrs. Henry Cobb, Mrs. Carl E. Milliken, Governor Carl E. Milliken, Deborah Knox Livingstone, Florence Brooks Whitehouse, Charles Milliken, Mrs. Guy P. Gannett, Mrs. Arthur T. Balentine and Mrs. William R. Pattangall.

The woman suffrage amendment was defeated on Sept. 10. A national woman suffrage amendment passed on Aug. 23, 1920.


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Student strike, Colby College, 1970

Student strike, Colby College, 1970

Item 12576 info
Colby College Special Collections

The photograph of a student strike at Colby College in Waterville is from the Echo, Spring 1970, and was taken by Mike Harvey '72.

The National Student Association declared a student strike across the nation when President Nixon sent U.S. troops into Cambodia in 1970, escalating the war in Southeast Asia.

A few days after student protesters at Kent State were fired upon and killed, Colby students staged a nonviolent protest, marching from the campus to the Waterville Post Office and joined the nationwide student strike.


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Native Americans at a rally, 1979

Native Americans at a rally, 1979

Item 9434 info
Maine Historical Society

The caption on this UPI photo reads, "Most of these Maine Indians shown here during a state house rally last year will be sharing in a 81.5 million dollar out-of-court settlement the results of a 1972 lawsuit that claimed 12.5 million acres of land was taken from Maine's 3 Indian tribes in violation of federal law some 150 years ago."


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Truck blockade at Bill's Truck Stop, Fairfield, 1979

Truck blockade at Bill's Truck Stop, Fairfield, 1979

Item 5632 info
Maine Historical Society

Independent truck owners affiliated with the newly-formed Maine Truck Owners and Operators Association blockaded the diesel pumps at Bill's Truck Stop outside of Fairfield, June 20, 1979.

Truck owners across the state of Maine blockaded gas and diesel pumps to protest the high cost of diesel fuel. The truckers, who were mostly from central Maine, had a list of 10 demands including a freeze on diesel prices, a 65 mph limit, 100 percent allocation at fuel pumps, and a standard weight and length for trucks nationwide.


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Protesting proposed federal budget cuts, 1981

Protesting proposed federal budget cuts, 1981

Item 11042 info
Maine Historical Society

Nearly 2,000 people marched through Augusta on April 15, 1981, protesting President Reagan's proposed cuts in services to elderly and low-income people.


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Don't Yank the Crank Committee, Bryant Pond, 1981

Don't Yank the Crank Committee, Bryant Pond, 1981

Item 11093 info
Maine Historical Society

Brad Hooper held resident and non-resident petitions to save the Bryant Pond hand-cranked phone system from extinction. He was standing by the village's only crank phone booth in front of his family's general store.


12
Peace marchers, Orono, 1982

Peace marchers, Orono, 1982

Item 11211 info
Maine Historical Society

The Peace Marchers (from right) Ei Ichi Kawana, Masae Tashiro, and the Rev. Ki Zu Hiromitsu, and Conn Crawford from Northern Ireland were on a trek from Maine to New York. They stopped at the University of Maine in Orono for a rally on March 31, 1982.


13
Potato protest, Houlton, 1982

Potato protest, Houlton, 1982

Item 11438 info
Maine Historical Society

An informational picket line was set up at the Maine-New Brunswick, Canada, border at Houlton in March 1982 by Maine potato growers who were protesting Canadian potatoes entering the state's markets at lower prices due to the value of the Canadian dollar.


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Tiananmen Square Protests, Portland, 1989

Tiananmen Square Protests, Portland, 1989

Item 11766 info
Maine Historical Society

Many members of Maine's Chinese community protested the actions of the People's Republic of China when it crushed the pro-democracy student rally in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989.

This protest was in Monument Square, Portland.


This Exhibit Contains 14 Items