[Of Plymouth Plantation] ¶ [ONLINE] AUTHOR William Bradford – freewebdesing.com
Written by my 11th great grandfather William Bradford this narrative covers the time leading up to during and after the pilgrimage from Holland to New England William became and served as governor of New Plymouth on and off for 30 year and during that time decided to document this journey for posterityNot a page turner but an important historical text about the earliest days of settlements in America survival and resilience The story that is being described is incredible I just found the telling a bit dull Still easier read than most documents of the time Bradford is a great writer he just maybe needed an editor to punch things up Maybe because I was under time constraints perhaps I ll return to this when I ve got time on my hands But wow really what a fucking story Some of the events which occur are so on the nose metaphorically speaking that this could pass as fiction if not for Bradford s emphasis on historiographyThomas Morton could have been one of the all time greatest antagonists in the history of fiction if he d made his way into a novel instead this great metaphor of struggle between religion and secularism repression and hedonism the civilized world and the outside world our constructed human nature and our fears of what we might truly be when left to our own devices This book has everything Disease Gunfights Death Drama Betrayal Political intrigue Religious and social commentary Incredible cast of characters Huge momentous omens Loss of innocence Sex drugs and Puritanism Incredible Story The telling just bored me a little Would however make an incredible movie and wouldn t need a single fucking exaggeration by poetic license He sure didn t put the Pure in Puritan So today my classes started back and my first assignment in my American Lit class was to read parts of William Bradford s Of Plymouth Plantation 1620 1647 The whole thing is dry as hell and written in 17th century English so my eyes were pretty heavy there at the end Then we get to the last few pages and we learn about Thomas Grainger NGL I thought he was Hermione s dad at first but no This guy was the first person hanged in the US Which whatever But why was he hanged Well 1617 year old Thomas who like every 1617 year old thought it was rad to stick his dick in things thought it would be super rad to stick his dick in a mare a cow two goats divers sheepe two calves and a turkey Yes a turkey As in gobble gobble The Wikipedia article doesn t mention it but in the book they go on to say that per the law his victims were to be present for his execution so they gathered up all these animals to watch this guy get hanged And not only that they made Thomas identify all his victims before he was hanged but he couldn t be sure about some of them Let that sink in for a secondWhy was this in the last part of this story If this had been the first part I might have actually read it in a timely manner4 stars because turkey sex should have led the book not ended it I am giving this book 5 stars to balance out the multitudes of uncharitable ratings found here Sure this book was not always the most entertaining or smooth going read and yes Bradford was a flaming calvinist so his perspective on God s providence is highly disagreeable But still the book doesn t deserve to be dished like it is here William Bradford did shared many aspects of a fascinating journey that we don t learn in modern history books I imagine many who had to read Of Plymouth Plantation likely pride themselves as being tolerant and ironically to be tolerant means one has a moral obligation to be extremely intolerant towards Christians especially the Puritan sort It seems these reviewer didn t realize that Bradford was NOT a puritanThe first part of the book Bradford shares the complex and confusing tale of how the separatist later nown as the Pilgrims fled to Holland due to religious persecution from the state church and the puritans Eventually a small handful of separatist made it to America after being hoodwinked taken advantage of screwed over and repeatedly stumbling in one unlucky situation after another One sees the strength of character and resolve in these early pioneers they were willing to persevere all manners of hard ship for the freedom to live according to their conscience It is interesting how the Separatist going to Holland seemed to result in their becoming liberal and tolerant It is important to note that it was primarily the Pilgrims who promoted religious freedom not the strict Puritans It s in this book that we read about the Mayflower compact which is incredibly important in the story of America They understood how earlier settlements had failed due to lack of government and they formed a covenant and consented to it drawing up eual laws for the good of the settlement Some think this may be the first time in history something like this was done and if I recall right according to John Adams it was influential in the formation of the American constitution After the pilgrims got off the ship it was like they stepped from the frying pan into the fire and had to survive a fierce weather Of the few that arrived in the new world some 50 people died the first winter at one time everyone was ill except for 7 men who took care of all of them The Pioneering there was simply a nightmare The Pilgrims did by chance meet two English speaking Indians and through them they were able to form a peace contract which they ept with the Indians The Indians showed them how to plant corn and the English demonstrated to the Indians a work ethic that could result in huge harvestBut yeah it is very interesting that the Plymouth plantation started out with a communistic system where everyone had everything in common they worked and brought the food and resources to a central location This almost resulted in their starvation despite their integrity and work ethic Finally governor Bradford Reflecting on how Plato was wrong in the Republic gave everyone their own plot of land and the ability to wo. The most important and influential source of information about the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony this landmark account was written between 1630 and 1647 It vividly documents the Pilgrims' adventures their first stop in Holland the harrowing transatlantic crossing aboard the Mayflower the first harsh winter in the new colony and the help fr.
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Of Plymouth Plantation ¶ ONLINE AUTHOR William Bradford – freewebdesing.com
Again Of Plymouth Plantation is a chronicle of an early religious colony written by a true believer Keep that in mind It was interesting reading some of the critical reviews I won t comment on them except to point out that there was criticism about the personality and belief system of the author than of the book itself Bradford gives us his personal account of people trying to carve out a living in a far from unspoiled wilderness If one reads the other things that were being written about America at the time Bradford s efforts might be better appreciated For contrast read Magnalia Christi Americana by Cotton Mather I almost guarantee that you will prefer Bradford s prose and his story I enjoyed the book as a period piece and I felt no need to either approve or disapprove of the auhtor s world view It was a harsh time and people were freuently at extremity Rather than wring one s hands at the ethnocentrism of a people who thought they were chosen by Providence read Bradford s account and try to immerse yourself in the life of the time unlike anything that most of us in the present west have experiencedPerhaps Bradford wasn t telling it like it is but he was certainly telling it like he saw it His motivation is as clear as his faith No doubt the native Americans would tell the story differentlyTheir view of the Puritans was certainly not that they were the Camp of the Saints We can consider Bradford s followers cruel exploiters and they were It was the times I doubt that you will find a well written and honest account of what the various colonists of the Americas thought about themselves and their struggles William Bradford was the governor of Plymouth Plantation almost every year from 1621 to 1657 when he died He relates first hand our legends of Suanto the first Thanksgiving the Mayflower compact etcSome much beloved words come from his penThe term Pilgrim coinedSo they left that goodly and pleasant city which had been their resting pace near twelve years but they new they were pilgrims and looked not much on those things but lift up their eyes to the heavens their dearest country and uieted their spirits 50Private Property establishedHe also undoes the socialist set up of the group s charter going to private property instead assigned to every family a parcel of land made all hands very industrious 133But there were many surprises in the book for me too1 The Arminian theological controversy broke out in the Netherlands while the Pilgrims sojourned there A couple of them got involved trying to refute Jacobus Arminius2 Bradford says the Indian women are much modest than English women pg 99 I m sure this evaluation is prejudiced by his greater familiarity with English culture and the fear or natural shyness Indian women would have encountering white men But still an intriguing comment Immodesty was a big problem in Elizabethan England3 As separatists the group rejected the Church calendar including the celebration of Christmas The governor sent everyone out to work on Christmas and when some less persuaded of the separatist view stayed home or played in the streets he took away their tools and told them to stay inside4 Suanto seems to have gotten greedy playing English off Indian groups and vice versa or at least that s what Bradford thought Suanto sought his own ends and played his own game by putting the Indians in fear and drawing gifts from them to enrich himself making them believe he could stir up war against whom he would and make peace for whom he would 1095 Much of the book is taken up with the colony s financial troubles Those funding them back in England expected gold and goods to flow back home and enrich them When this didn t happen some backed out and those that stayed were less than helpful in supplying the colony One agent in particular just ripped the Pilgrims off badly Clarifying accounts across the ocean was tedious and time consuming The Dutch and French both pressed in claiming lands and trapping rights etc6 The group had to deal with radical sects that came their way in later years from England Roger Williams passed through Groups that rejected the church altogether sowing the seeds of Familism and Anabaptistry to the infection of some and danger of others so that we are not willing to join with them in any league or confederacy at all 3537 They also had to deal with gross sin Not every one of them was a dyed in the wool pious separatist Many servants were at a dead end in England due to their poor moral character and saw a chance to start over or exploit new ground in America Sodomy rape and bestiality besides adultery came up and their adjudicating of these according to Scripture was fascinating some being executed and others not depending 354ff8 They wanted a minister but made do with Elder Brewster for several years Steve Wilkins in his review of the book in Veritas Press Omnibus III says this focus on the state to the detriment of the church set America on the path of looking to the state to fix our problems while giving much less respect to the church comparatively This may be overstated but Wilkins is on to something To their credit they gave several a try but they were either incompetent poor preachers too weak willed for the hard country or had crazy views or just incompatible with the particular Pilgrims9 The Mather family Increase John Cotton etc lived nearby in the Massachusetts Bay Colony that would become Boston and Salem There was a fair bit of correspondence back and forth between the governors and the Pilgrims sought theological advice on a few matters besides working together against Indian threats Yale College was being formed in the later years of Bradford s writing and governingThe Pilgrims sought to establish a new world flee persecution find greater opportunity to provide for their families and expand the Offenders and Detainees knowledge andingdom of Christ to new lands We should laud their fortitude and faith and learn all we can from their experienceHave your high schoolers read this book. Ny remained virtually unknown until the nineteenth century Lost during the American Revolution they were discovered years later in London and published after a protracted legal battle The current edition rendered into modern English and with an introduction by Harold Paget remains among the most readable books from seventeenth century Ameri.
Rk for themselves and this resulted in prosperity So yes how fascinating socialism and free Market capitalism were tried early on and one failed miserably and the other worked triumphantlyFinally it s good to consider the lowly Pilgrims influenced other colonies one gets a glimpse of this in the book But yeah I read elsewhere that Massachusetts was led by a social and religious aristocracy acting under the King s charter and the Puritans therefelt greatly superior over the lowly humble and liberal Separatist in Plymouth But after two months of rivalry the genial spirit and tolerance of the Pilgrims started to supplant the bigoted sternness of the Puritans Plymouth had an influence on the colonies of Connecticut as well which was to form the fundamental orders of Connecticut general thoughts on the book While religion was a central aspect of the Pilgrims experience the business aspect appears as a major focus As I mentioned in Nathaniel Philbrick s Mayflower the Pilgrims were constantly being taken advantage of in many of their dealings While they do show increasing business savvy hiring an additional person to oversee a new agent for example some things were out of their control The death of the lone ship carpenter for example would limit their trading ability until an adeuate boat can be built Since Bradford was the governor of the colony for many of the years covered his role in insuring safety and providing supplies merits special attention Even though the book is written in the third person and often downplays his own role in events Bradford proved to be an exemplary leader The decision to make everyone responsible for growing and providing their own food insured adeuate harvests after their initial communal system failed While Bradford appears to be a trustworthy fellow I think it is important to eep in mind that there was a propaganda war centered on the colonies a battle for how history was to be recorded and business interests awarded Several times Bradford addresses charges against the colonists such as Thomas Weston calling the Pilgrims good beggars or Isaac Allerton s infamouse scurillous booke against many godly cheefe men of the cuntrie full of lyes slanders and fraight with profane callumnies against their names and persons and the ways of God Conflicts arise between parties because of differing interests These disagreements occur among and between different groups including the various colonies plantations and businessmen in England religious and non religious settlers and settlers from different countries This was a huge eye opener for me I was raised with families that thought the pilgrims were some of the most perfect people ever This proves them very much wrong It was hard to read Because of the old English but there is no better book to understand what the pilgrims really believed I found my respect for what they went through rise but there beliefs fall It made me realize how legalistic they were as well as how important small things were to them Although I disagree with much of their theology nothing can take away from the impact they made on our culture or the bravery they had to face the great unknown I don t now how to review this exactly as it s a documentation of the roots of Puritanism Pilgrims decision to start a colony in North Virginia their voyage west their arrival at Cape Cod their encounters with the people whom we now now as Native Americans and their establishment of Plymouth Plantation William Bradford supposedly never meant for this to be public record which is pretty ridiculous It s incredibly thorough and it s likely the only documentation that took place over almost three decades of PilgrimPuritan life Perhaps he was being a stereotypically modest Puritan hereThe whole thing is pretty straightforward Interesting facts you might not now the Pilgrims totally new what they were getting into as far as the journey being arduous as fuck goes but they did it anyway They split from the Church Of England because it wasn t strict enough and then once they got here and settled for a few years a bunch of Puritans split from the Plymouth colony and moved to the North Shore because THOSE guys weren t strict enough Pilgrims were some serious motherfuckers and that s why you can t buy beer at grocery stores and after 11 PM Boston True storyThe most telling and somewhat hilarious part of Of Plymouth Plantation is how every time something good happens Bradford is absolutely certain that it is divine providence from God Upon landing on Cape Cod the Pilgrims followed some Native people into the woods and found a bunch of corn they had buried for the winter They dug up the corn for themselves but it wasn t stealing It was DIVINE PROVIDENCE The indigenous people found them a few days later and were rightfully pissed off so the Pilgrims shot them with their muskets But it wasn t violence oh no God directed their muskets onto the savages as Bradford calls them Winter ends and everyone who was sick starts to get well again But this has nothing to do with the changing of the seasons oh no GOD made everyone healthy again There s no blaming God for all the bad shit that happened even the drowning death of William Bradford s wife in Provincetown Harbor Oh no God had nothing to do with that But the good stuff All God because he s totally on their sideIf you liked reading Columbus accounts of annihilating the Taino people of the Caribbean you ll looove William Bradford s Of Plymouth Plantation If you re a history nerd you ll find value in this book as an important documentation of a part of pre American history If you have half a brain you ll read this and see the Puritan way of life for exactly what it was fundamentalist lunacy It was a such detailed book recording truthfully what really happened during that tumultuous period of time which helps us modern people to understand why the things turned out the way they are With those contents we can slowly connect the dots and let the past come alive. Om friendly Native Americans that saved their livesNo one was better euipped to report on the affairs of the Plymouth community than William Bradford Revered for his patience wisdom and courage Bradford was elected to the office of governor in 1621 and he continued to serve in that position for than three decades His memoirs of the colo.
William Bradford was an English leader of the settlers of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts and was elected thirty times to be the Governor after John Carver died The manuscript of his journal 1620–1647 Of Plymouth Plantation was not published until 1856 Bradford is credited as the first to proclaim what popular American culture now views as the first Thanksgiving