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  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

This book dwells briefly upon the reasons behind the flight of the Puritans from England to Netherlands and then onto the shores of America. What is covered in detail is the devastation wrought upon ... Read full review

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User Review  - RalphLagana - LibraryThing

Well, I checked off that I had read this book when all I'd really done is completed about 100 pages of it before giving up. Philbrick threw too many names and events at me to enjoy the history. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

I read this for my book club. While it is a well researched historical account of the settling of Plymouth colony and King Philips war, I really just wasn't interested in the topic at all. There were ... 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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These are my ancestors?! Read full review

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some parts very good. others so boring. Read full review

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