History of Plymouth Plantation (Google eBook)

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Little Brown, 1856 - Massachusetts - 476 pages
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This rich retelling of the perilous journey those early pilgrims endeavored upon is a must read for those who enjoy uncovering our providential past. Bradford's first-hand account takes you from the shores of England, where persecution was strong, across the Atlantic and into the new world. Bear with the antique English and you will gain a blessing of encouragement from these stories as you see the sovereign hand of God providing every step of the way for a people who were willing to risk life itself in their devotion to Him. 

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This book illuminates the repressed fact that the Puritan colonies were built on the fur trade--not Christian virtue. Does this mean that the "true essence of Christianity," as another reviewer puts it, is capitalism? The answer is, yes--at least, in America's history. The text in fact says very little at all about Christianity, while it obsessively documents the colonists' business negotiations with their English investors, their crooked business agent, and with the native people. Oh yes--and let's not forget the slave trade, if we're going to talk about the "essence of Christianity." Most courses and anthologies only present the first part of the book, from which springs the myth of the "pilgrims"; but read the rest of the book and your eyes will be opened. 

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