Of Plymouth Plantation
Of Plymouth Plantation is the firsthand account of the Pilgrims as told by William Bradford, Plymouth Colony's longstanding governor. In this magnificent work, Bradford relates the journey of the Separatists from Screwby, England to the shores of the New World and chronicles their first fifty years in America. Of Plymouth Plantation is the true story of 50 "average" people who changed the world because they shared a far-reaching vision for their families. Though the Pilgrims left England because of religious persecution, they actually left Holland to protect their children from ungodly influences. These parents risked everything to protect their young. William Bradford boldly proclaimed that these families were willing to sacrifice their lives, if necessary, "even though they would be but stepping stones" for future generations of Christians they would never meet. One cannot truly appreciate the significance of Thanksgiving without understanding the history found within the pages of this monumental work. The heroic story of Bradford and the Pilgrims is one that every family should read and treasure.
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This is a great book! We are using it for highschool history/government curriculum in our homeschool. The kids say it is dry, but not boring. Some of the letters that William Bradford repeats and copies are very dry and seem useless, but in the end they show the progression of the Pilgrims; in their religious, political and physical search for stability and making a life for themselves in a new world.
When combined with various studies of the Mayflower Compact (the text of the compact is in the book) and other books such as A Patriot's History (Larry Schweikart) and Documents of American Democracy: A Collection of Essential Works (Rodger Kemp), it makes a wonderfully well-rounded study and a great start to studying the reasons behind the Constitution and our republic form of government!