What was life like for the Pilgrims? What motivated their departure from England? How did they view the Native Americans? Was religion paramount in their everyday activities? Gragg quotes from memoirs, letters, and personal accounts---some never published before---to give us the first-ever illustrated guide to Plymouth. 256 pages, hardcover. Regnery.
A Quest for Freedom
All Americans are familiar with the story of the Pilgrimspersecuted for their religion in the Old World, they crossed the ocean to settle in a wild and dangerous land. But for most of us, the story ends after their brutal first winter at Plymouth with a supposedly peaceful encounter with the Native Americans and a happy Thanksgiving.
Now, through the vivid memoirs, letters, and personal accounts in The Pilgrim Chronicles, you will discover the full, compelling story of their anguished journey and heroic strength. Award-winning historian Rod Gragg brings the Pilgrims to life in this lavishly illustrated guide, filled with moving, eyewitness narratives. From their persecution in England and painful exile in Holland to their voyage across the Atlantic and their struggle to survive among the Indians in an untamed wilderness, Gragg takes you on the harrowing and inspiring journey of a people seeking religious freedom.
A former journalist, historian Rod Gragg is director of the Center for Military and Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor of history. His works have earned the Fletcher Pratt Award, the James I. Robertson Award, and other honors, and have been selected for the Book-of-the-Month Club, the History Book Club, and the Military History Book Club.