Children's Literature - Joyce RiceOne of the most underappreciated documents of history is the Mayflower Compact. It does not have the famous signers of the Declaration of Independence, or familiar words such as the Preamble to the Constitution, but it brings to our American history a vision of what will be. The Pilgrims, traveling across the waters to a new land, drew up the Mayflower compact, so named for the ship they were on. The Compact was an agreement among all that they would act civilly and obey such laws as the governing body should deem important. Even though most students cannot tell you what this document was all about, its importance to our history is significant, as the reader will discover among these pages. In giving the specifics about the document, the author has also given the reader a glimpse into those early days of colonization. Author Fradin has once again given young readers an excellent resource for reports, or just for informational reading. The words included in the glossary appear in bold print throughout the text. The author has included copies of original engravings, maps, and photos, as well as additional suggestions for further reading and web research. The timeline included in the text is particularly helpful for the reader. This is one of six titles in the "Turning Points in U. S. History" series.
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