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Making Maine: Statehood and the War of 1812
Book Talk with Dr. Joshua M. Smith

Recorded on November 9, 2022

After the Revolutionary War ended, the new American nation grappled with a question about its identity: Were the states sovereign entities or subordinates to a powerful federal government? The War of 1812 brought this vexing issue into sharp relief, as a national government intent on waging an unpopular war confronted a populace in Massachusetts that was vigorously opposed to it. Maine, which at the time was part of Massachusetts, served as the battleground in this political struggle.

In this talk Dr.Joshua M. Smith discussed how the War of 1812 affected what was then called the District of Maine and the bitter experience of Maine's citizens during that conflict, along with a changing relationship between regional and national identities, gave rise to a statehood movement that rejected a Boston-centric worldview in favor of a broadly American identity.

Purchase the book from our Museum store.