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One Small Candle: The Pilgrims' First Year in America
     

One Small Candle: The Pilgrims' First Year in America

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by Thomas Fleming
 

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This vivid, deeply moving book begins in London in 1620 as Pilgrim representatives sign a contract to purchase the freighter Mayflower. We accompany them on their harrowing voyage across the Atlantic, through the rigors of the first New England winter and the threat of Indian attack as they desperately search for the home they eventually find at Plymouth. Once there,

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This vivid, deeply moving book begins in London in 1620 as Pilgrim representatives sign a contract to purchase the freighter Mayflower. We accompany them on their harrowing voyage across the Atlantic, through the rigors of the first New England winter and the threat of Indian attack as they desperately search for the home they eventually find at Plymouth. Once there, they must continue the struggle against brutal weather and disease.

With masterly skill, New York Times bestselling historian Thomas Fleming gives us life-size portraits of the Pilgrim leaders. The Pilgrims' unique achievements - the Mayflower Compact, their tolerance of other faiths, the strict separation of church and state - are discussed in the context of the first year's anxieties and crises. Fleming writes admiringly of the younger men who emerged in that year as the real leaders of the colony - William Bradford and Miles Standish. And he provides new insights into the humanity and tolerance of the Pilgrims' spiritual shepherd, Elder William Brewster.

On the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims are already aware that they are the forerunners of a great nation. It is implicit in William Bradford's words, "As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light kindled here has shone unto many. . . ."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781539616429
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/19/2016
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
365,715
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Fleming is a historian who has authored several history, young adult history, and fiction books.

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One Small Candle: The Pilgrim's First Year in America 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative and interesting book. Really pulls you in to this great story of religious and physical hardship, personality struggles, and Indian diplomacy.
Sandragon More than 1 year ago
This book will wake you up regarding what our ancestors truly went through to come to this country and build it from the ground up. It is written in such a way that the reader is able to get a glimpse into the true hardships the pilgrims endured. It made history come alive for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this story very interesting. However, the typos in this book are many, did nobody proof this before it went to print? It is also not well written ... the only reason I kept reading this is because it is about the Mayflower.
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