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

Historical Items

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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

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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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.

Site Pages

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Anchor of the Soul - Anchor of the Soul

… Anchor of the Soul Anchor of the Soul A documentary about black history in Maine

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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 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…

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Maine Women's Causes and Influence before 1920

Grade Level: 6-8 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to read and analyze letters, literature, and other primary documents and articles of material culture from the MHS collections relating to the women of Maine between the end of the Revolutionary War through the national vote for women’s suffrage in 1920. Students will discuss issues including war relief (Civil War and World War I), suffrage, abolition, and temperance, and how the women of Maine mobilized for or in some cases helped to lead these movements.