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Historian's Forum: Maine and the Nation in 1820

Maine Historical Society's Historian Forum took place on July 11, 2020. In a special digital edition, a panel of scholars discussed different aspects of life in a new state and a young nation in 1820. Learn about Maine's role in sectional tensions over slavery, the emergence of dynamic new social reformers, America's first big financial panic, how Maine's Indigenous communities endured in an age of removals, and much more. The forum was recorded and edited into six videos: five of the videos each feature a different panelist, and one features the Scholar Roundtable.


Part 1 of Maine Historical Society's Historian's Forum: Maine and the Nation in 1820, July 2020. Ashley Rattner of Tusculum University, discusses "Fanny Wright's American Travels: A Reformer Observes the United States in 1820."


Part 2 of Maine Historical Society's Historian's Forum: Maine and the Nation in 1820, July 2020. Stephen Nissenbaum of Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst discusses "Nostalgia, Commerce, and Washington Irving: The Invention of American Christmas."


Part 3 of Maine Historical Society's Historian's Forum: Maine and the Nation in 1820, July 2020. James E. Francis Sr., Tribal Historian of the Penobscot Nation discusses "Wabanakis and Maine Statehood in an Age of Removals."


Part 4 of Maine Historical Society's Historian's Forum: Maine and the Nation in 1820, July 2020. Sharon Murphy of Providence College discusses "America's First Nationwide Financial Panic."


Part 5 of Maine Historical Society's Historian's Forum: Maine and the Nation in 1820, July 2020. Matthew Mason of Brigham Young University discusses "The Maine and Missouri Crisis: Maine Statehood and the Politics of Slavery".


Part 6 of Maine Historical Society's Historian's Forum: Maine and the Nation in 1820, July 2020. Scholar Roundtable.