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Person/Organization: Holmes, John

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Item 35535

John Holmes Mansion, Alfred, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Parsons Memorial Library Date: circa 1900 Location: Alfred Media: Phototransparency

Item 102122

Senator Holmes justifying vote for the Missouri Compromise, 1820

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1820-04-10 Location: Washington Media: Ink on paper

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Item 18710

John Holmes, Alfred, ca. 1823

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1823 Location: Alfred Media: Cut paper and silk

Site Pages

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The American Revolution and Early Attempts at Separation - Page 1 of 2

The American Revolution and Early Attempts at Separation Overwhelmingly dedicated to independence from Britain, Mainers quieted any murmurs of…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Coasting Law of 1789

The Coasting Law of 1789 'Unity' and 'Margaretta,' Machias, 1755 The Coasting Law of 1789 required that merchant ships port and register at…

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Maine's Road to Statehood - The Final Vote

The Final Vote William Williamson to Joseph Williamson on the final vote for separation, Boston, 1819Item Contributed byMaine Historical…

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Becoming Maine: The Votes for Statehood

Grade Level: 3-5 Content Area: Social Studies
Maine became a state in 1820 after separating from Massachusetts, but the call for statehood had begun long before the final vote. Why did it take so long? Was 1820 the right time? In this lesson, students will begin to place where Maine’s statehood fits into the broader narrative of 18th and 19th century American political history. They will have the opportunity to cast their own Missouri Compromise vote after learning about Maine’s long road to statehood.