History

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We continue our bicentennial coverage of Maine history, spanning the road to statehood to the current day.

In this segment, our panel of historians explains how Maine evolved in the pivotal years between becoming a state in 1820 through Maine's involvement in the Civil War. We'll learn about the pivotal figures of the day, and how Maine's cultural, economic and political landscape evolved during the 19th century. 


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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date January 21, 2020); no calls will be taken.

In 1820, the U.S. passed an act that made participation on the slave trade an act of piracy. Yet, dozens of Maine vessels engaged in the slave trade illegally during this period. Thousands of enslaved people were transported and traded, leading to huge profits for slave traders--some of whom were Maine sea captains who are remembered as leading citizens of the day. Much of the millions of dollars from the slave trade funded the growth of New England's economy. We will learn about this troubling period in Maine's history, which has not often been mentioned or understood.

This show is part of Maine Calling's coverage of topics relating to Maine's Bicentennial.

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date January 9, 2020); no calls will be taken.


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This year marks the bicentennial of Maine as a state. We preview some of the upcoming events during the state’s yearlong celebration of this 200th birthday and learn how Maine became a state.


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As the process to impeach President Trump continues to develop, we discuss the origins of impeachment in U.S. history, what has transpired during past impeachment inquiries, as well as how Constitutional law applies to various aspects of the current impeachment proceedings.


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In marking Maine's bicentennial, Maine Calling will look more closely at different aspects of our state's history in the coming year. One such aspect is the history of black people living here in Maine, even from before the state's founding.

We'll learn how African Americans in Maine helped create settlements and lay the foundations for the future of the state in various ways, from social to economic to cultural.

We'll also hear about the struggles that black residents have faced along the way, as well as the roles that particular individuals played in shaping their communities.


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Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in American History at the University of Virginia and two-time Pulitzer prize winning historian Alan Taylor will be back home in Maine (he attended Bonney Eagle High School and Colby College and was born in Portland) to give two lectures in connection with the state’s bicentennial. 

We’ll discuss the Maine Bicentennial, pre-revolutionary Maine, the US/Canada frontier, and more, including his research in early North American history.  Taylor is the author of nine books, including Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: the Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier 1760-1820.


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New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean joins us to discuss his latest book, which explains how, with every breath you take, you literally inhale the history of the world.

Kean will discuss the wilds of our atmosphere, as well as the most astounding patients in neuroscience history, the hidden stories buried in our genes and DNA, the wonders of the periodic table, and life as a writer who attempts to popularize science.

Kean is taking part in the University of New England’s “Connections Lecture Series.”  Click here for more information.


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Historian, author and Maine Calling favorite Ken Davis joins us to talk about his latest book.

Kenneth C. Davis is an American historian and author, best known for his “Don’t Know Much About” series of history books.

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Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. That date was declared Armistice Day and, under President Eisenhower, the name of the holiday was later changed to Veterans Day.

On this Veterans Day, we remember “the war to end all wars” and its impact in Maine.

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On an Election Day some call the most consequential in decades, our panel discusses the history of elections in Maine and the United States.

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (August 9, 2018); no calls will be taken.

There are interesting spots all across the state to visit and learn about history. We’ll learn about these historic sites and destinations, what you can learn — and why they matter.

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Jon Meacham on "The Soul of America"

Aug 27, 2018
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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (July 17, 2018); no calls will be taken.

Best-selling author Jon Meacham joins us to explain that, despite our current tumultuous times, the country has been through periods of turmoil before, and how, by looking to examples in the nation’s past, we can better understand our current political climate.

The Soul of America: The Latest Book by Author Jon Meacham

Jul 17, 2018
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Best-selling author Jon Meacham joins us to explain that, despite our current tumultuous times, the country has been through periods of turmoil before, and how, by looking to examples in the nation’s past, we can better understand our current political climate.

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We know a great deal about famous people, great historical architecture and important past events, but we are also surrounded by common, everyday places that represent history. But these ordinary things are in danger of becoming forgotten. Learn about common clues to the past that are all around us, how to read them and what we find in our own backyards.  

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