What was happening in Maine during the Great Depression?
In the 1930s, Maine was still mostly rural, although its largest
city, Portland, had more than 70,000 inhabitants. Fortunately,
larger states with a mainly industrial and manufacturing base were
harder hit by the Depression than Maine was: while people in the
state certainly did suffer, Maine had a number of farms, and the
farmers were able to survive the Depression by growing their own
food and selling it locally; this was especially true for Maine's
At first, Maine's textile industry did not struggle as much as the textile industries in some of the states, but as the Depression worsened, Maine too had many business closures, and unemployment at some of the mills increased; but in certain industries like paper manufacturing, there was still a demand and jobs could still be found, although sometimes at lower wages. And even when people in Maine lost their jobs, many refused to accept government aid; there was a tradition of neighbors helping each other, and that persisted throughout the Depression.
It was a group of girl who collected weekly dues from its members that were used to buy needy members of their community food and sometimes clothes.Then they went to the door of their neighbor rang the bell and ran away before anyone could see them. After all its called the secret helper for a reason!
There were only five Native American tribes living in what later became Maine during the 1700s. The Abanaki were in southern Maine (Portland, Windham, Wesbrook and parts of New Hampshire. The Penobscot were in middle Maine and the Passamaquoddy were in the ocean regions near Canada and Maine. The Maliseets were near the Micmac in very northern Maine (Flagstaff, Maine to Caribou, Maine).
Several small battles were fought in Maine. A naval battle on the Penobscot River near Bangor resulted in a humiliating defeat for the Americans. No large battles were fought in Maine but some of the ports were occupied or burned by the British. Maine was part of Massachusetts during the Revolution, and Maine soldiers served in the Massachusetts regiments that were deeply involved in the war.