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Of Plymouth Plantation (Dover Books on Americana) Paperback – December 1, 2006
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Bradford's narrative is a testament to the hardship and perserverance these newcomers faced as they overcame great adversity to eventually become a beacon of hope to a new generation of future Englishmen and women. I recommend everyone read and not forget the sacrifices made by these brave, yet resolute Pioneers of colonial America.
Bradford was one of my 7th great-great grandfathers, Elder Wm. Brewster, my 8th g-g grandfather, John & Priscilla another set of 7th g-g grandparents, (one of their daughters (in my line) married Alexander Standish, son Capt. Myles, etc...So I have been familiar with their story all my life.
I am intent on seeing that each member of my family have a copy of this book - my most treasured volume I got on eBay for $5...when it came in the mail, I was astounded to find it is the 1898 edition!...titled; "Bradford's History."
Last year, The History Channel put out a new movie: "The Desperate Crossing" - Using Shakespearean actors, the scenery, photography, adventure - well, if you liked the movie Master and Commander, this story - finally the WHOLE story of that intrepid band who sailed on the Mayflower - is every bit as spectacular. I have waited all my life for such a true and complete movie of the Pilgrims of Plymouth.
It's available in DVD here at Amazon. I just bought 3 more...to give to my children and their kids for Thanksgiving...and it will be shown here after our VERY traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
We all benefit from the sacrifices and perseverance of the Pilgrims. Surely, Governor Bradford's hope, expressed in his Journal, came to pass in a greater manner than even he could have envisioned when he wrote, at the end: "Thus out of small beginnings ... AS ONE SMALL CANDLE MAY LIGHT A THOUSAND, S0 THE LIGHT HERE KINDLED HATH SHONE UNTO MANY, yea in some sort to our whole nation;"
You need to be prepared to pick and choose what you read here. The lengthy accounts of the disputes between the New Plymouth Colony and the investors (the adventurers) become tedious. So too the disputes with their business agents and others who defrauded the colonists. I would suggest skimming over these.
I read with interest the relations with the Pequots and other Indian tribes, the starvation, the abandonment of socialism, and the relation with the Dutch, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the colonization of the Connecticut River Valley.
Overall I'm more well educated for having read this book, but I have to confess that I found it hard.
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This is a very important historical documents, a genuine eye witness account of the of New England !Published 1 day ago by Anthony A. Torelli
Very good book on what they went through both before leaving and coming here and after they arrived on the Mayflower.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am very glad I found this book to read. I feel honored to have read a true account of our American history. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Beth
This is a day to day history of Plymouth colony. It is not fiction nor is there a character to be developed. Just a great insight into what life was like for these heroic people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by brooke freeman
The book was legible and readable. It is William Bradford's journal of the events of the Plymouth Colony (you know, the people who came on the Mayflower) rendered into modern... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dee Did It
Realistic feit like i had aconnection to my ancestrry . Likr stephen hopkins ,& WILLIAM BREWSTERPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer