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January 20, 2020 - June 30, 2020 @ Second Floor Gallery, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Bowdoin College
**Exhibit available online at: https://sca.bowdoin.edu/state-of-maine/ **
Maine’s complicated road to statehood culminated on March 15, 1820, when it became the twenty-third state. Admitted as a free state in a bargain to allow slavery’s extension to Missouri, Maine’s early years were shaped by national party politics, tension between farmers and merchants, and competing visions of who constituted the people of Maine. The State of Maine uses rare books, political tracts, maps, and other materials to explore the unexpected and familiar narratives that propelled statehood, and considers Bowdoin’s unique role in that journey.