The Mayflower Papers: Selected Writings of Colonial New England

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The most important personal accounts of the Plymouth Colony?the key sources of Nathaniel Philbrick?s New York Times bestseller Mayflower

National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick and his father, Thomas Philbrick, present the most significant and readable original works that were used in the writing of Mayflower, offering a definitive look at a crucial era of America?s history. The selections include William Bradford?s ?Of Plymouth Plantation? (1651), the most comprehensive...

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The most important personal accounts of the Plymouth Colony?the key sources of Nathaniel Philbrick?s New York Times bestseller Mayflower

National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick and his father, Thomas Philbrick, present the most significant and readable original works that were used in the writing of Mayflower, offering a definitive look at a crucial era of America?s history. The selections include William Bradford?s ?Of Plymouth Plantation? (1651), the most comprehensive of all contemporary accounts of settlement in seventeenth-century America; Benjamin Church?s ?Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip?s War 1716,? an eye-opening account from Church?s field notes from battle; and much more. Providing explanatory notes for every piece, the editors have vividly re- created the world of seventeenth-century New England for anyone interested in the early history of our nation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143104988
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/24/2007
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 363,974
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.85 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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Nathaniel Philbrick, is a leading authority on the history of Nantucket Island. His In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award. His latest book is Sea of Glory, about the epic U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838–1842. His other books include Away off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890 (which Russell Baker called "indispensable") and Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legend of Nantucket Island ("a classic of historical truthtelling," according to Stuart Frank, director of the Kendall Whaling Museum). He has written an introduction to a new edition of Joseph Hart's Miriam Coffin, or The Whale Fisherman, a Nantucket novel (first published in 1834) that Melville relied upon for information about the island when writing Moby Dick.

Philbrick, a champion sailboat racer, has also written extensively about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor (1987) and the forthcoming Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor's Odyssey. He was editor in chief of the classic Yaahting: A Parody (1984).

In his role as director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies, Philbrick, who is also a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association, gives frequent talks about Nantucket and sailing. He has appeared on "NBC Today Weekend", A&E's "Biography" series, and National Public Radio and has served as a consultant for the movie "Moby Dick", shown on the USA Network. He received a bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Arts in American Literature from Duke. He lives on Natucket with his wife and two children.

Thomas Philbrick is professor emeritus of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents


Introduction   Nathaniel Philbrick     vii
Suggestions for Further Reading     xiii
A Note on the Texts     xv
From William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation     1
From William Bradford and Edward Winslow, Mourt's Relation     107
From Edward Winslow, Good News from New England     143
From Thomas Morton, New English Canaan     154
From Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God     166
From Benjamin Church and Thomas Church, Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War     212
Notes     289
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    This is very good

    I used it for my social studies and it waz awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Want the truth??? Read the documents

    Nathaniel Philbrick wrote MAYFLOWER several years ago representing a story that is not usually referred to in our history books in school. But reading family genealogies from New England during the 1600's, makes references to the activities in this book. THE MAYFLOWER PAPERS is a compilation of some of these documents. Many are re-defining our early American history. Here is an opportunity to read the original documents and discover what was really written.

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