Pilgrims Then and Now Author:Gary L. Marks On September 16, 1620, 102 men, women, children, servants and craftsmen, plus officers and seamen set sail from Plymouth, England, on an overburdened, 180-ton ship called the Mayflower. The rest is history. Unfortunately, time has blurred the Pilgrims' history. Many still confuse the Mayflower's passengers with the Puritans, a strict religiou... more »s sect, who landed years later at Salem, Massachusetts.
Others still think of the Pilgrims as little more than Thanksgiving symbols, brought out for the holidays and afterward put back in the closet.
But Pilgrim authority Gary Marks dusts off the stale symbols(the landing at Plymouth Rock and the celebration of the first Thanksgiving), throws out the misconceptions, and makes the Pilgrim story come alive. Introducing us to the oppression of 17th-century England, the terrors of sea travel and the personalities of the Pilgrims themselves, Marks shows us why the Pilgrim story is a heroic life-and-death fight for freedom. He shows us how the Pilgrim spirit-their religious tolerance and need for freedom-helped shape the evolution of democracy in the United States. And he shows us why we can be proud of any heritage in which Pilgrims, then and now, have played a significant part.« less