Two new Pilgrim histories published soon

Two new Pilgrim histories published soon

Two new Pilgrim histories published soon

As I’m now looking for publishers, I’ve spent a lot of time reviewing currently available books on Pilgrim history. As I’ve posted before, there are plenty of new books forthcoming, largely inspired by the 2020 celebrations. 

Rebecca Fraser’s The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America (available November 7)  is a narrative history of the lives of two members of the Winslow family, covering their journey on the Mayflower to their participation in King Philip’s War more than fifty years later. She focuses more on the day-to-day life of Pilgrims in the seventeenth century, and I think such context will be a fascinating addition to Pilgrim history.

Then there’s also Jay Milbrandt’s They Came for Freedom: The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims (available October 3). I haven’t read it, but it sounds like this book mostly retells the same story in the usual ways. Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War covered the same material in 2007.

These books share a similar theme: uncovering the “true” story of what really happened to the actual Pilgrims. But no one seems to be examining how that “true” story got lost along the way. Hopefully that’s where I come in!

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  1. Hello Kari Miller,
    My wish is for more information about one pilgrim, Susanna …..White Winslow. My ancestor, one of four adult women who lived through that terrible first winter, but there is very little known about her. Wishful thinking.

    1. Hi Joy! Thanks for the comment. I agree; it’s a shame that so little was recorded about the Pilgrim women. You might like to browse through Ethel J. Noyes’ The Women of the Mayflower and Women of Plymouth, which you can find here: https://archive.org/stream/womenofmayflower00noyeiala#page/n5/mode/2up/search/Susanna Although it’s considered a history, she embellishes the story as much as Austin embellished her fictional novel! Rebecca Fraser’s history sounds very promising. In the absence of primary source materials, it sounds like she’s done a lot of work to reconstruct the context of Susanna’s life. Kari

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