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Maine's Complex Relationship with the Slave Economy & the Global Slave Trade

A conversation with Dr. Kate McMahon, a Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture’s Center for the Study of Global Slavery, about Maine’s relationship with the slave economy and global slave trade. Jamie Rice of the Maine Historical Society briefly talks with Dr. McMahon about Maine’s complex relationship with slavery in the context of the Missouri Compromise, statehood, and the Maine economy’s continued reliance on Southern and Caribbean slave labor before and after statehood.

This June 4, 2020 conversation was part of a larger series pertaining to Maine’s Bicentennial, and how different people and communities experienced or were impacted by the separation of Maine from Massachusetts, and the broader implications of Maine entering the Union in 1820.