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Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 (original 1856; edition 1981)

by William Bradford

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Title:Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647
Authors:William Bradford
Info:McGraw-Hill/Modern Library College Editions (1981), Paperback, 385 pages
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Tags:nonfiction, US, history, 1650s

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Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 by William Bradford (1856)


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Bradford's writing can require a bit of slogging through, but it's worth it for a major classic of early colonial American literature and it's not of tedious length. If you're going to read it, use the Modern Library edition edited by Samuel Eliot Morison because it contains some excellent footnote annotations. ( )
  CurrerBell | Jul 12, 2015 |
Author William Bradford was the long time governor of the early 17th century Plymouth settlement, hence has invaluable information to share as to his experiences.

Those with only cursory knowledge of the Mayflower and its passengers may be surprised to learn there is a far greater story to be told than the (often complex) Indian relations and fanciful Thanksgiving celebration. A significant portion of the book concerns the settlers initial attempts to escape England to practice their separatist religious beliefs, first in Holland, and then later in America. More sobering (and sometimes tedious) was the author's discussion of the settlers relations with the merchant investors back in England- a constant struggle for funding and supplies (by the settlers) and profits (by the investors).

Because of its age, and perhaps the author's style, this is not an easy read. Nonetheless, it is an invaluable work of early English settlement in America and should not missed. ( )
  la2bkk | Feb 18, 2014 |
This is a print of an historically significant manuscript. For those interested in the history of the Plymouth Colony, it is a very important primary source. ( )
1 vote patito-de-hule | Dec 21, 2008 |
EXCELLENT! I read this every November!
1 vote TullyFamily | Oct 31, 2008 |

This story is one that should be SO exciting and, man, can he put you to sleep. I was very disappointed. Nonetheless, it packs the history into its pages. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Jan 25, 2007 |
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William Bradford's "Of Plymouth Plantation" is a remarkable work by a man who himself was something of a marvel. It remains one of the most readable seventeenth-century American books, attractive to us as much for its artfulness as for its high seriousness, the work of a good storyteller with intelligence and wit. Edited, with an Introduction, by Francis Murphy.

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