Jeremiah Hacker was an outspoken and controversial journalist based in Portland, Maine, for much of his professional life. He's perhaps best known as the publisher and lead writer for The Pleasure Boat, which has the distinction of being considered Maine's most controversial newspaper. Inspired by his Quaker background, Hacker worked to end slavery, poverty, and inequality of women through his writing. He spoke out against prisons, advocating instead for reform and education. He broke with all forms of organized religion and urged people to leave their churches and find moral direction from within. He promoted no political party, believing people would be better off without government. He was in favor of land for all. The most controversial of Hacker’s radical ideas, however—and the one that lost him the most readers—was his advocacy for peace as the country headed toward Civil War.
The Maine Historical Society has as its mission: "Preserving History, Engaging Minds, Connecting Maine." Pritchard's talk promises to do just that. Many of the historical photographs in the book were reproduced with permission of the MHS and came from their collections. To learn more about this book, visit: https://www.frayededgepress.com/jeremiah-hacker.html