New England is home to America's first political history. Maine goes back before that of course, as far as civilization is concerned. In fact, it is believed that the Abenaki Indians lived here for as long as 11,500 years. Europeans first discovered Maine in 1524.

A good place to start would be with the state's history, try "Maine: A Narrative History" by Neil Rolde or "Coastal Maine: A Maritime History" by Roger F. Duncan, Earle G. Barlow, Kathy Bray, and Consuelo E. Hanks. To delve into Bangor's history through photography check out "Bangor, Maine, Volume 2: The Twentieth Century (Images of America)" by Richard R. Shaw and Arcadia Publishing. For cultural history look into, " Black Bangor: African Americans in a Maine Community, 1880-1950 (Revisiting New England)" by Maureen Lee.

If you're in  need of a guide to Maine, the following are great options:

  • Maine: An Explorer's Guide, Thirteenth Edition"  by Christina Tree and Nancy English
  • " Moon Handbooks Maine" by Kathleen M. Brandes

A great book to read is by a writing legend from Maine, Harriet Beecher Stowe is her classic, "Uncle Tom's Cabin". If you are interested in her life check out "Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life" by Joan D. Hedrick.