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Local history, Women in the workforce, Women in the trades, Womens’ Liberation, Groundfishing, Over fishing, Fisheries management, Climate Change, American Mental Health, Morticians


Human Ecology | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Sociology of Culture | Work, Economy and Organizations


SALT. Published by the Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies. Number 49. Four Dollars. “Women’s work is fighting fires. Vicki’s job. Building bridges. Shoeing horses. Fishing. Women entering the trades.”


  • 2 Nineteen Pine Street Going overboard—and aboard—to get the story, whether it’s groundfishing or hanging out at Amistad.
  • 5 Women’s Work Redefining women’s work. A look at 16 Maine women in the trades. Their work ranges from pipe fitting to construction to truck driving.
  • 14 Grounding the Boats For groundfishermen like Lendall Alexander, the crisis is here. A way of life his family has known for four generations may be ending. “If I go, I’ll go tryin.’ I won’t go pissin’ and moanin.’ ”
  • 30 Weld Holds Its Own Little Weld in western Maine has 436 people and 500 members in its Historical Society. What is the secret of Weld’s hold?
  • 44 Amistad—A Place to Go It’s a club whose members know about mental illness. “At Amistad, they don’t think you’re some kind of crazy.”
  • 57 Rituals of Death Marlo Bunker performs a service that is part of the ritual of death for most Americans. Few do what she does—especially women.
  • 64 Elvis Lives! The king of rock still gyrates in Maine almost twenty years after this death. Elvis impersonators and fan clubs keep the Elvis flame alive.


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Portland, Maine



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