Throughout the history of the state, residents have protested, on paper or in the streets, to increase rights for various groups, to effect social change, to prevent social change, or to let their feelings be known about important issues.
Post office clerks began collecting strong red, white, and blue string, rolling it onto a ball and passing it on to the next post office to express their support for the Union effort in the Civil War. Accompanying the ball was this paper scroll on which the clerks wrote messages and sometimes drew images.
In Maine, like many other states, a newly formed Ku Klux Klan organization began recruiting members in the years just before the United States entered World War I. A message of patriotism and cautions about immigrants and non-Protestants drew many thousands of members into the secret organization in the early 1920s. By the end of the decade, the group was largely gone from Maine.
Potato import protest, Presque Isle, 1982 Contributed by Maine Historical Society Description In a peaceful demonstration of opposition to…
Citizens marched in protest from Hallowell to the state Capital and called for the creation of a National Historic District to preserve the downtown…
… Harvard College, for a church and for a learned protestant minister and his family. The journals of the first settled minister, Jonathan Fisher…