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Category: Social Movements & Services, Civic & political activity, Abolition

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Item 88023

Mansion House, Robbinston, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Penobscot Marine Museum Date: circa 1910 Location: Robbinston Media: Glass Negative

Item 10081

Letter to Elizabeth Mounfort from a friend in Trinidad, Cuba, July 4, 1847

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1847-07-04 Location: Trinidad; Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 16563

Title page from First Edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin

Contributed by: Bowdoin College Library Date: 1852 Media: paper


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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.


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.