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Maine

  • By: Sarah W. French
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The state of Maine, located in the far northeastern tip of the United States, is bounded by Ontario and Quebec to the north, New Brunswick and the Atlantic Ocean to the northeast, and New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts to the southwest. Originally part of Massachusetts, the district of Maine petitioned for and was granted statehood, and was admitted to the union on March 15, 1820.

Hiking near the harbor is a popular activity for families in Maine, which has a history of influential women and mothers.

Maine's population in 2007 was 1,322,000. This number included 11,000 African Americans, 8,000 American Indians, 11,000 Asian Americans, fewer than 2,000 individuals of Hawaiian or Pacific Islander descent, and 14,000 Hispanic Americans. According to the 2000 census, 40.2 percent of the ...

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