Review: Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, And War

Editorial Review - - Colleen Quinn

When we think of the Pilgrims, it's Thanksgiving that comes to mind placid people with big buckles on their shoes, dining once a year with two or three Indians. Nathaniel Philbrick's new book shows the Pilgrims to have been anything but placid. He tells us what the Mayflower passengers experienced, and then shows how the next generation coped with the world they had created. This easily could have ... Read full review

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User Review  - ImperfectCJ - LibraryThing

I read this alongside the version abridged for a YA audience, which my children and I read together, to prepare for a trip to Plimoth Plantation. I was very impressed at Philbrick's ability to present ... Read full review

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User Review  - glade1 - LibraryThing

This is way more than just the story of the Mayflower. Using that incident as the initiation and focus for the next 50-75 years of history, Philbrick discusses not only the founding of the colony at ... Read full review

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I’m continuing on my quest to read more about world history this year, since I enjoyed India After Gandhi and A World At Arms so much last year. I bought a couple of books about American history ... Read full review

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User Review  - marshapetry - LibraryThing

Excellent engaging book about the Mayflower settlers. This book pretty much wipes out all the fairy tales of the Mayflower and the "Rock" and all the standard tales we're told as kids... but the truth ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vicki_Weisfeld - LibraryThing

Some 35 million Americans today are to some degree descendants of the Pilgrims who came to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620. Although the November sea voyage entailed hardships enough for the ... Read full review

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Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - The Early Years
The systematic genocide of the Original Americans began long before the US government codified it's decimation of the Indian Peoples, so well
chronicled by Dee Brown in his now iconic classic, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee." The truth of the matter is that we need look no further than to the Mayflower. Yes, the English immigrants who hopped on that mythologized vessel to avoid their own religious persecution, played a key role in helping to shape the attitudes & subsequent behavior of our nation's people to come. Well, what I just intimated is not entirely fair. The actual Pilgrims who first arrived on these shores found themselves in such a weakened position - barely able to feed themselves - concluded that they had to discover common ground with their new neighbors. And, so they did, collaborating & compromising so that both groups could survive & prosper. The real culpability can be laid at the doorsteps of the next generation of Pilgrims & Puritans & Native Americans who forgot that they all needed one another. In that "forgetting" came the seeds for the King Philip's War which is what the "Mayflower" is all about. Philbrick does a simply brilliant job of introducing us to a host of characters - Native Americans, Pilgrims, Puritans, politicians, warriors, statesmen, entrepreneurs, charlatans & thieves - who make this drama come alive. From Benjamin Church, a true hero of that war, a man who "embraced the wilderness his forefathers has shunned" to Captain Samuel Mosley whose motto was : "get mad and get even" and also allegedly the man responsible for coining the slur "the only good Indian is a dead Indian," Philbrick recreates for us the society, Caucasian & Indian, that laid the ground work for the heartbreaking tragedies that unfolded. Regardless of the accountability that existed on both sides, at the end of the day, it was the Original Inhabitants who got the short end of the stick. Prior to the onset of the war Native Americans "constituted almost 30% of the population of New England." Following the war that percent was reduced to less than 15% A tradition had been established & it was not nearly as cheery as the Pilgrim's famous Thanksgiving. 

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