1972: The Year That Changed Maine


Down East






A collection of pieces looking at the Maine of fifty years ago. David Shribman writes about Ed Muskie's presidential campaign. Mary Pols discusses environmental reporter Bob Cummings and his reporting on the public ownership of Maine's backcountry public lots. Brian Kevin examines the lawsuit, Passamaquoddy v. Morton, that sought the return of ancestral lands to Maine's Passamaquoddy people. Murray Carpenter dives into the history of the Golden Road which was built for the giant company Great Northern Paper. The red tide that killed more than a hundred birds in September 1972 is the focus of Kathryn Miles' piece. And finally, Brian Kevin offers a piece about a huge pocket of tourmaline that was found by some amateur miners. Accompanying the pieces is a timeline of other notable incidents that occurred in the state in 1972.

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