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"Past & Present Perspectives
on the Maine Bicentennial: A View from Deer Isle"


This illustrated presentation and discussion by Dr. Liam Riordan explores the long statehood process in Maine that culminated in 1820 with formal separation from Massachusetts. That struggle engaged a range of challenging public issues that we still recognize today: 

    •sharp partisan conflict and the “two Maines”

    •the explosive place of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Crisis

    •Wabanaki sovereignty

    •the uncertain location and meaning of the international border

Dr. Riordan received his undergraduate B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Maine in Orono since 1997. He is a specialist on the American Revolution, and has published about religious, racial and ethnic diversity in the Philadelphia region from 1770 to 1830, and the history of Loyalists, those who opposed the American Revolution.


For more information about the Maine Bicentennial Conference (held in 2019) and online state bicentennial resources, visit:

This is a World in Your Library Event sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council.

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