The War of 1812 brought this issue into sharp relief, as a national government intent on waging an unpopular war confronted a populace in Massachusetts that was vigorously opposed to it. Maine, then part of Massachusetts, was the battleground in this political struggle.
The Massachusetts Historical Society has announced “Making Maine: Statehood & the War of 1812,” a program with Dr. Joshua Smith, Director, American Merchant Marine Museum set for Wednesday, March 15th.
Drawing on archival materials from the United States, Britain, and Canada, Smith exposes the experience of Maine’s citizens during that conflict as they endured multiple hardships, including starvation, burdensome taxation, smuggling, treason, and enemy occupation.
War’s inherent miseries, along with a changing relationship between regional and national identities, gave rise to a statehood movement that rejected a Boston-centric worldview in favor of a broadly American identity.
This program will take place from 6 to 7 pm, and will be held both in person at the Massachusetts Historical Society, and virtually. Admission is $10 for in person attendance, free for virtual. For more information or to register, click here.