Research

A History of Maine's Paper & Woodcutting Industries

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Professor of Economics Michael Hillard actively participates in economic public policy debates on issues affecting Maine working people, including frequent testimony to the Maine legislature, working with Maine labor movement activists, and was part of Occupy Maine.  Since 2000, he has conducted more than 100 oral history interviews with workers, community members, managers, union leaders, and public figures as part of his research investigating the business, labor, and social history of Maine’s storied paper and woodcutting industries.  He has written and published numerous articles about the history of paternalism at Westbrook, Maine’s S.D. Warren Mill, the dramatic and historically significant strikes at Frasier Paper in Madawaska, Maine, and the entire state’s logging industry including the impact of the industry’s decline on Maine workers and communities.  Dr. Hillard is currently completing a book encompassing this work entitled The Rise and Fall of the Paper Plantation, with an expected publication date in 2015

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To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.