Primary and Secondary Sources for
Those interested in the history of Maine agriculture
will find an extensive literature available for further reading.
Researching Agriculture in Maine
Secondary sources include:
Primary sources on Maine agriculture include:
- Clarence A. Day's A History of Maine Agriculture, 1604-1860
(Orono, 1954) and Farming in Maine, 1860-1940 (Orono, 1963)
survey not only Maine agriculture but also Maine rural life generally.
- Harold F. Wilson's The Hill Country of Northern New England
(New York, 1936);
- Howard S. Russell's A long, Deep Furrow (Hanover, N.H.,
1982); and the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife's annual
Proceedings for 1986, titled The Farm (Boston, 1988), provide
information on Maine agriculture in the context of New England
history. The bibliography contained in the latter volume is extremely
- Hal S. Barron's Those Who Stayed Behind (Cambridge,
1984), a study of the upland Vermont town of Chelsea, suggests
themes applicable to village society in western Maine.
- Alan Taylor's scholarly Liberty Men and Great Proprietors
(Chapel Hill, 1990) offers insight into political and social life
in rural central Maine, while Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's A Midwife's
Tale (New York, 1991), Nancy F. Cott's The Bonds of Womanhood
(New Haven, 1977), and Carolyn Merchant's Ecological Revolutions
(Chapel Hill, 1989) provide feminist perspectives on early nineteenth-century
rural society and agriculture in Maine and northern New England.
- Maine: The Pine Tree State from Prehistory to the Present
(University of Maine Press, 1995) provides a contemporaty,
comprehensive look at the history of Maine.
- Early local histories, used critically and interpretively,
can also yield a wealth of detail about rural life.