American Documents: The Mayflower Compact

American Documents: The Mayflower Compact

by Judith Lloyd Yero
     
 

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The eagerly-awaited final title in National Geographic's popular American Documents series completes the broad sweep of the collection by casting all the way back to our country's original document of record, the Mayflower Compact.

The date is November 10, 1620. After 66 days at sea crammed into a space about the size of a basketball court, the Pilgrims—as the

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The eagerly-awaited final title in National Geographic's popular American Documents series completes the broad sweep of the collection by casting all the way back to our country's original document of record, the Mayflower Compact.

The date is November 10, 1620. After 66 days at sea crammed into a space about the size of a basketball court, the Pilgrims—as the 101 surviving passengers of the Mayflower became known—arrived on America's shores. They were an ocean away from their home country and hundreds of miles from where they were supposed to settle in the Virginia Colony. To survive in the wilderness of this strange, new land, they would need some rules for governing themselves and their community. The document they wrote is known as the Mayflower Compact. In fewer than 200 words, it laid the groundwork for democracy in America.

The Mayflower Compact includes: an engaging, interactive, and age-appropriate text, vetted by experts 40 pages generously illustrated with period artwork and archival photographs biographies of key figures in the document's history the entire text of the original document and a complete list of its signatories excerpt from Mourt's Relation, written by Edward Winslow and William Bradford, two of the colony's founding fathers the charter of the Colony of New Plymouth Web links to further information a detailed glossary and index

The core curriculum topics of pre-colonial and colonial American history are viewed through the prism of this cornerstone document and students are made aware of its relevance to their 21st century lives. This book is essential for any school, public, or home library. The Mayflower Compact acts as a valuable reminder of the time when America was merely an ideal being shaped in the minds of our forefathers, eager to escape oppression and create a better world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
On November 10, 1620 the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock in what was to become the Massachusetts Colony. After a 66-day journey across the stormy North Atlantic, the men, women, and children aboard the Mayflower were both relieved and troubled. These religious sojourners, who were to become known as the Pilgrims, had left their homeland of England in pursuit of a new life and opportunities. With Virginia as their original goal, they had been blown off course and landed in this northern wilderness. Now, confronted with establishing a new society, the Pilgrims took pause to grasp what they needed to do to guarantee social order. The result of these ponderings was the Mayflower Compact, the first statement of governance that took root in what was to ultimately become the United States. Written in fewer than 200 words, the Mayflower Compact became the touchstone governmental document for the Pilgrims. It is that document, its etiology, and the story of the original Pilgrim settlers that is told in this illustrated work. As part of the National Geographic "American Documents" series, this particular text provides readers with a sturdy introduction to a pivotal legislative action in American history. This book combines a thoughtful text with pertinent illustrations to afford readers an excellent primer on this important colonial act.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A basic introduction to the settlement of the Plymouth Colony and the writing of the Mayflower Compact. Small sidebars dispense added details, quotes, and clarifications. Focus boxes offer mini introductions to specific people involved with the colony. Photos, reproductions, and illustrations add life to the straightforward text. Primary-source documents include "The Mayflower Compact," Mourt's Relation (a sort of journal written by Edward Winslow and William Bradford), and the "Charter of the Colony of New Plymouth." There is no bibliography. Students working on reports or looking for introductory material on the subject will find this to be a solid resource.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792258919
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/10/2006
Series:
American Documents Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
7.81(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Judith Lloyd Yero is the author of two other books in the American Documents series: The Declaration of Independence and The Bill of Rights. She lives in Hamilton, Montana.

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