The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser

The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America

Rebecca Fraser's book about the Mayflower sheds new light on a family caught up in all the perils of crossing the ocean and settling in the wilderness. But the story did not end there. All settlers had to become linguists, traders, and explorers, and yet not forget their roots and customs from the old country. With the aid of exciting contemporary documents, Rebecca Fraser...

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The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America Reviews

  • Deb
    I received this book through Goodreads Giveaway Program. Thank you! As a history book, it is a slow read. Your mind MUST be on what you are reading and nothing else. It gave the Pilgrims personalities. I felt like they were finally people and not just a group that did everything in one accord. I am ...
  • Jake
    Did not finish. Read about two-thirds of the book. This is a history book, but it's history through the lens of Edward Winslow's life. I generally enjoyed the earlier section of the book which detailed the struggle of the Puritans during the early days of the Plymouth colony. But there are so many p...
  • Karla
    A strong start, but halfway through it feels like Fraser shifts focus away from the subject of the two main Massachusetts pilgrim colonies and wanders off into extended histories of the founding families decades, if not a century plus down the road. Her presentation of some of the first Pilgrims is ...
  • Ben House
    On this Thanksgiving Season in 2017, it is easy to think back to the American Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, The Mayflower, and the first Thanksgiving (which really wasn’t the first–Thanksgiving started in the southern colonies). The pleasant features of the story are ingrained into our culture....
  • Kimberly Brooks
    The content was quite interesting, but honestly, her writing made it SO difficult to read! I don't think there was a single page where I did not see typos or an awkwardly worded sentence. Or a sentence that just did not make sense. ...
  • Emmett Hoops
    This is an exceedingly interesting and engagingly written book. I was hesitant to purchase it because I thought it might be slightly fawning, as other books about the Mayflower families were. It is decidedly not fawning. The author makes clear the forces acting on each person were historically and c...
  • Steve Majerus-Collins
    It's surprisingly difficult to make the Pilgrims seem like real people. We know all sorts of quirky details about some of them. And we know the general thrust of their story -- the religious mania that led them first to the Netherlands and then to the New World, where they somehow picked Plymouth as...
  • Jennifer
    The genealogists in the family have traced a couple lines back to the Mayflower, so I was curious to read more about the people and their experiences. Rebecca Fraser covers more than the voyage and early settlement--she starts in Leiden and England, explaining the background of the Pilgrims and thei...
  • Louise
    This book is not user friendly. It begins with the title. If you are interested in the Mayflower – you’ll have 30 pages - tops. If you are interested in the families – you better like the Winslow’s. If you buy the book for the voyage – this is the shortest shrift of all. Oth...

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