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William Bradford

In his description of the Pilgrims' first encounter with Native Americans, William Bradford writes: It is recorded in scripture as a mercy to ye apostle and his shipwrecked company, yt the...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2020, 1:58 pm (UTC)

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When William Bradford initially describes the Native Americans in Of Plymouth Plantation, he speaks of them as barbaric savages. He describes them as violent and wild, saying that, unlike the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2018, 12:52 am (UTC)

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Bradford employs figurative language, including vivid metaphors, to convey the trials and triumphs of the Pilgrims, and he also uses alliteration to add beauty to their story. His intent is to...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2017, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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Modern readers can learn much from Of Plymouth Plantation. The book, authored by William Bradford, is one of the few primary sources from the establishment of the Plymouth colony. It provides a...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019, 3:27 pm (UTC)

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Bradford begins the chapter by referring to the resolution of some "troubles"—what happened is that the boat the Separatists had set out from England on, the Speedwell, had developed leaks, so it...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2017, 8:58 pm (UTC)

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The passage you cited is quite typical of New Englander's concepts of Native Americans whom they considered to be members of the "lost tribe of Satan." He describes them as being cannibals at times...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2011, 9:39 am (UTC)

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William Bradford belongs to the early 17th century period of literature. His most famous book, Of Plymouth Plantation, was written between 1630 and 1651. Bradford was the first governor of the...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2017, 9:17 am (UTC)

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In William Bradford's telling, the Pilgrims indeed experienced expectation, suffering, success, and disappointment in the long journey that took them to the Netherlands, back to England, and then...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2018, 2:42 am (UTC)

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A salty young sailor on the Mayflower gives the Puritan passengers all kinds of grief. He's forever swearing at and insulting them. He tells them, somewhat rudely, that he can't wait to see them...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018, 5:27 am (UTC)

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While I appreciate that you're reading Bradford's journal and agree that he omitted any details of his wife's death, I don't accept the premise of your question. It doesn't seem reasonable that...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2010, 1:27 pm (UTC)

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During the first winter, the Puritans went without food, they were cold and they had little understanding of the savages they encountered. Many grew sick. During their voyage, they had lost many to...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2010, 10:50 am (UTC)

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This is an interesting pair of choices. Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation is, at its core, a journal. To that extent, it's an attempt to document the literal movements and insights of these...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2010, 10:10 pm (UTC)

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In the first chapter Of Plymouth Plantation, entitled "The Separatist Interpretation of the Reformation in England, 1550-1607," Bradford writes about the conditions which convinced the Pilgrims to...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2017, 7:20 pm (UTC)

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One of the most significant differences between their writings is the influence of religion upon their perspectives. Bradford--especially in Of Plymouth Plantation references Providence (God)...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2010, 10:10 am (UTC)

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The Mayflower Compact was a set of rules for self-governance established by English settlers heading to America on board the Mayflower. It was the first agreement for self-government to be created...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2018, 12:22 pm (UTC)

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Bradford's reference to the Mayflower passengers in the third-person as "they," and himself in the first person as "I" can sound a little jarring to modern ears, but it is an effective way to set...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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The son of a prosperous farmer in Yorkshire, England, William Bradford took a radical step as a twelve-year-old: Bradford began attending the meetings of a small group of Nonconformists, a group of...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2011, 3:27 pm (UTC)

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Bradford was the leader, the primary spokesperson, and the most famous chronicler of the Plymouth settlement. He was a member of the initial Separatist contingent that made the trip from England to...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2012, 5:01 am (UTC)

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William Bradford was a staunch Puritan Separatist and among his hopes was the aspiration for a community that was separate from English religious intervention and uncontaminated by what was thought...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010, 8:02 am (UTC)

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To provide a little background on the book Of Plymouth Plantation and the excerpt "The Starving Time", William Bradford wrote the majority of the text. As exampled by "The Starving Time," he...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2011, 1:45 am (UTC)

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