Citizens participate in government, exercise their rights and fulfill their responsibilities in formal and informal ways. The history of citizen governance in Maine is robust. Maine’s people have articulated the republican virtues of local governance, citizen advocacy and educated participation for nearly two centuries. Maine’s democratic tradition spans generations and has crossed regional and class boundaries. In this exercise students will have the opportunity to learn how citizens in Maine’s working class communities have seized the opportunity to make change and fulfilled their obligations as community leaders.
Wingard, Geoff, "MSSS Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 02" (2012). Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series. 12.
Potential songs and stories to use with lesson:
"The Ounegan Mill Strike" told by Richard Davies (Old Town).
"The Good Old State of Maine" sung by James Brown (Lily Bay).