Lecture: Traders in Lives: Southern Maine and the Illegal Slave Trade, 1835-1862


Mainers participated in the period of the illegal slave trade—after the U.S. government abolished it in 1808—in increasingly greater numbers during the antebellum period. By the 1850s, Maine-built, owned, and crewed vessels became dominant in the global slave trade. Historian Dr. Kate McMahon will explore the history of Maine and the slave trade, and the deep investment Mainers had in the economies of enslavement, while surveying the ways in which Africans continually resisted.

The lecture is free and open to the public, no registration required. Donations gratefully accepted on our website.

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The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2024 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors.

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