The History of Bradford’s History

Month: January 2016

The History of Bradford’s History

For such an important text, William Bradford’s journal, which he titled Of Plimoth Plantation, has a complicated history. I’ve taught pertinent excerpts from it for years (the story of Thomas Granger makes a good test to see who is actually doing the reading!). As part of my research process, I’m constructing a timeline of major events in the development of the Pilgrim story, to which his journal is key. Although the journal covers the Pilgrims’ experiences beginning in 1608, he did not start writing it until 1630. This fact should immediately raise questions about memory and how closely the journal

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