National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick and his father, Thomas Philbrick, present the most significant and readable original works that were used in the writing of Mayflower, offering a definitive look at a crucial era of America's history. The selections include William Bradford's "Of Plymouth Plantation" (1651), the most comprehensive of all contemporary accounts of settlement in seventeenth-century America; Benjamin Church's "Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War 1716," an eye-opening account from Church's field notes from battle; and much more. Providing explanatory notes for every piece, the editors have vividly re-created the world of seventeenth-century New England for anyone interested in the early history of our nation.
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About the Author
Philbrick, a champion sailboat racer, has also written extensively about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor (1987) and the forthcoming Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor's Odyssey. He was editor in chief of the classic Yaahting: A Parody (1984).
In his role as director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies, Philbrick, who is also a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association, gives frequent talks about Nantucket and sailing. He has appeared on "NBC Today Weekend," A&E's "Biography" series, and National Public Radio and has served as a consultant for the movie Moby Dick, shown on the USA Network. He received a bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Arts in American Literature from Duke. He lives on Natucket with his wife and two children.
Thomas Philbrick is professor emeritus of English at the University of Pittsburgh.
Table of Contents
Introduction Nathaniel Philbrick vii
Suggestions for Further Reading xiii
A Note on the Texts xv
From William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1
From William Bradford and Edward Winslow, Mourt's Relation 107
From Edward Winslow, Good News from New England 143
From Thomas Morton, New English Canaan 154
From Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God 166
From Benjamin Church and Thomas Church, Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War 212
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Nathaniel Philbrick wrote MAYFLOWER several years ago representing a story that is not usually referred to in our history books in school. But reading family genealogies from New England during the 1600's, makes references to the activities in this book. THE MAYFLOWER PAPERS is a compilation of some of these documents. Many are re-defining our early American history. Here is an opportunity to read the original documents and discover what was really written.