Bradford was a strong-willed, stubborn, even obstinate man – and those characteristics may have been exactly what was eeded to save the Plymouth Colony beat the odds and survive that first deadly winter in the wilds of what would one day be the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.Of Plymouth Plantation is an nteresting and important book – not just for Thanksgiving week, when I am posting this review, but for any time of year.
Bradford, a vigorous and energetic writer, observe the events that befall the Plymouth Colony he leads as part of a Biblical conflict between good and evil, with the Pilgrims as lonely wanderers on a godly path.Bradford ’ s godly path had a high cost; Bradford 's first wife fell to her death from the deck of the Mayflower, and scholars still wonder if she actually committed suicide after seeing the bleak coast of New England.
But the sheer force of will that fills these pages provides a glimpse of the leadership qualities that helped Bradford get the Pilgrims through that first cruel winter of 1620, so that they could celebrate the first Thanksgiving in 1621.I suspect many readers turn to th book around Thanksgiving; I feel hat is my tendency.
Surely if it 's some future Thanksgiving Day, between the Macy 's parade and the Detroit Lions football game, and you 're ooking for the relevant holiday-related passage while the turkey and stuffing send up sweet savors from the oven, here it is -- not Bradford 's own words, but those of fellow Pilgrim Father Edward Winslow, in th letter from December of 1621: " Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling, that o we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labours.
257) .Other luminaries of the Plymouth colony are in evidence as well -- for instanc, the amed Native American Squanto ( " a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation "), without whose help the Pilgrims might not b made it through that first bitter winter of 1620.
Clearly, for instanc, Morison is thinking of the Soviet Union, Red China, and the Korean conflict when he rites in the forewor that " In the debates in the New England Confederation over the Narragansetts, we are onfronted with the United Nations in miniature -- shall we start a 'preventive' war now and risk losing all, or wait yet a little hile, hoping that we, not they, will grow stronger? " ( p.