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Historical Items

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Item 1450

Letter from the Friends of Separation in York County, 1816

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1816-07-20 Media: Paper

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Item 9290

Lebanon voting record for separation from Massachusetts

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1816-09-02 Location: Lebanon Media: Ink on paper

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Item 20116

Arguments against separation from Massachusetts, 1819

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1819 Media: Ink on paper

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Exhibits

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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.

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The Nativist Klan

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.

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Nuclear Energy for Maine?

Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Wiscasset generated electricity from 1972 until 1996. Activists concerned about the plant's safety led three unsuccessful referendum campaigns in the 1980s to shut it down.

My Maine Stories

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Story

Love is greater than peace, For peace is founded upon love
by Parivash Rohani

My journey from Iran to Maine