Introduction to Maine Studies
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of Maine through sources in history, literature, political science, Native American studies, Franco American studies, and other fields. The unifying theme is the significance of locality in understanding the interaction between the landscape and the people. How does the Maine landscape shape people’s choices? How do the people use the state’s landscape and resources? How do social, demographic, cultural, and environmental factors shape this relationship throughout history? The activities examined include farming, fishing, lobstering, and lumbering. How have commercial interests intersected with environmental concerns? The cultures considered include Native American, early Anglo settlers, later Irish and Franco immigrants, and more recent immigration and refugee communities.