The year 2020 is likely to be remembered for the pandemic and the protests against police brutality. But it is still Maine's bicentennial year. And historian Herb Adams is joining us again to talk about some of the origins of our state.
Why Thomas Jefferson Was Not Happy With Maine's Draft Constitution - And What He Wrote About It
There were some key moments that led to Maine becoming a state nearly 200 years ago. It was on this date in 1819 that President Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to William King, the chairman of the Maine Constitutional Convention. Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks with Maine historian Herb Adams about what led to that moment.
Forging Maine's Constitution: 'All Our Hopes For Statehood Were Bound Up In It'
Two hundred years ago today, Maine took an important step down the road to statehood. The 274 delegates who had gathered at the Constitutional Convention in Portland finished drafting a document. Its very first article is a "Declaration of Rights."
Maine is officially celebrating its bicentennial. Maine Public’s Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz spent some time with Herb Adams, a former state representative from Portland who is also known for being steeped in the state's history. Adams sheds light on how the state came to be nearly 200 years ago, and the event's connection to the battle over slavery.
How Maine Became A State 200 Years Ago, And What That Had To Do With Slavery