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They Knew They Were Pilgrims by John G. Turner

They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty

John G. Turner

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Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 5 May 2020
ISBN: 9780300225501

An ambitious new history of the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony, published for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's landing

5 stars out of 5
6 Jun 2020

"what will surely become the definitive history of the Plymouth Colony"

He provides lucid expositions of the Pilgrims’ beliefs and the reasons for them. He is excellent at exploring the paradoxes of Calvinist determinism (though concedes that the Congregationalists themselves never resolved them fully) and deftly untangles knotty concepts such as Arminianism and the Halfway Covenant. He allows us to admire the Pilgrims’ persistence, endeavour and energy, as against all odds they kept their community going for more than 70 years, while giving a clear-eyed assessment of their intolerance and occasional inhumanity.