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The Salem witchcraft scare, and the trials that followed, have especially seized the popular imagination. Separating the myths from the reality of the Salem witchcraft episode is the historian’s task.
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Maine adopted a law prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, which led future prohibition statutes to be called Maine laws.
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The Missouri Compromise prohibited slavery north of latitude 36°30' north except in Missouri, which was admitted to the Union as a slave state while Maine (up to then part of Massachusetts) was admitted as a free state.
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The Plymouth Company was a British joint-stock company made up of merchants and financiers from Plymouth, Bristol, Exeter, and West Country ports. The company aimed to colonize the area between present-day Maine and the Chesapeake Bay and established the Popham Colony on the coast of Maine in 1607. The colony quickly failed, however, and the company disbanded.
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Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896) was an abolitionist writer and author of the 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Stowe was born into the prominent religious and intellectual Beecher family. She began her writing career in 1839 after marrying the Reverend Calvin Stowe in Cincinnati. The Stowes relocated to Maine for Calvin’s professorship at Bowdoin, and Harriet began writing her most famous work. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in March 1852 and achieved astounding success. The controversial book inspired many...
Jill Lepore, Professor of Early American History at Harvard University, draws on scholarship from her book, The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity, to trace how the meanings attached to this brutally destructive war have changed as the attitudes about historical actors and the political pressures on those actors have changed.
Mary Beth Norton, Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History at Cornell University, reinterprets the Salem witchcraft crisis from a seventeenth-century perspective, drawing not only on court records, but also on correspondence and journals from the late 1680s to the early 1690s.