ROCK OF FREEDOM: The Story of Plymouth Colony by Noel B. Gerson

ROCK OF FREEDOM: The Story of Plymouth Colony

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In a concluding paragraph the contributions of the Pilgrims at Plymouth are listed as the separation of church and state, their concept of citizenship, religious tolerance, universal military conscription, free public schooling. The circumstances out of which these ideas arose and the ways in which they developed are almost lost, however, among the dramatized events and fictionalized dialogue. The account begins with theh persecution of the Separatists under James I, their flight to Holland, the fight for a charter to settle in the New World, the trip on the Mayflower, and the first few difficult years of the colony. The facts are difficult to distinguish, woven in as they are with long, unlikely speeches by William Bradford, Elder Brewster, Miles Standish, which might, at best, make good Thanksgiving pageant material.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1964
Publisher: Messner