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Mayflower Lives: Pilgrims in a New World and the Early American Experience Kindle Edition
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"Whittock pays homage to the upcoming 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s 1620 voyage. Using as a lens the lives of more than a dozen people associated with the ship, he explores religion, politics, economics, romance and family life, crime, and relations with Native Americans in the Plymouth settlement." (Publishers Weekly (starred))
"Whittock [is] an engaging writer. The author's female stories prove especially poignant. Disease. Stories full of faith and struggle lose none of their mythological quality." (Kirkus Reviews)
"It’s perhaps not so surprising that such an assemblage of resolute men and women should contain a number of memorable lives, though it is surprising just how much historians have discovered about people who, with only two or three exceptions, remained unknown in their own day. Mr. Whittock has woven their stories together wonderfully." (Wall Street Journal)
"Whittock’s recounting of these seminal lives makes great reading for students of early colonial American history." (Booklist)
About the Author
Trained at Hull University and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, James Cameron Stewart is a veteran actor whose performances include roles in theater, film, and television. His credits include Outlander, Jericho, Flying Blind, Golden Years, Emmerdale, London's Burning, Eastenders, Coronation Street, and Holby City. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : August 6, 2019
- File size : 2708 KB
- Print length : 310 pages
- Publisher : Pegasus Books (August 6, 2019)
- ASIN : B07KGKBJ12
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 164313132X
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #362,022 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“Mayflower Lives” tells the history of the founding of Plymouth Colony by a group of Puritan English people by regaling the reader with the interesting, albeit shortened biographies of a number of the people at the founding of the colony. We tend to think of the “Pilgrims” as a collective group, and can easily forget that each was an individual. The biographies range from the elite members of the church, to Native Americans, to women and children. We see those who prospered, those who never fit in, and we see those who died especially during the first winter of 1620-1621.
The only thing I regret about this book was that it wasn’t longer. Although the mix of biographies is stellar, it whetted my appetite for more. I am just greedy, I guess. It is so interesting to read about actual people, not just amorphously faceless “Pilgrims.” In the course of the subjects’ lives we get a good, if somewhat cursory look at the history of the Plymouth Colony in its early years, when its survival was uncertain, to its integration into the later, larger administrative area which came to be called New England. One life, that of Richard More who was about six years old in 1620, carries us to the Salem witch trials of 1692 and beyond.
I heartily recommend this book. It is not a magisterial (read: dry) history of Plymouth Colony, it is an alternate way of looking at that history. The plentiful footnotes (and I am a reader of footnotes) give interesting paths for further reading and research; I have already availed myself of some of them. The lives described in “Mayflower Lives” are worth reading about, as these people and their culture have had such a big effect on American life and culture. If you are at all interested in history, this is a book worthy of your time.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)