Of Plymouth Plantation William Bradford. Primary Sources. When reading a primary source, distinguish between the facts – and the author’s opinions, biases, assumptions and personal point of view Fact: The Pilgrims crossed the ocean from England and landed safely on Cape Cod
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Of Plymouth PlantationWilliam Bradford
When reading a primary source, distinguish
between the facts – and the author’s opinions,
biases, assumptions and personal point of view
Fact: The Pilgrims crossed the ocean from England and landed
safely on Cape Cod
Opinion/POV: Bradford describes natives as “savage barbarians”
Weather was “sharp and violent”
Wilderness was “hideous and desolate”
Ocean separates Pilgrims from all civil parts of the world
FACT: Pilgrims discover the Native Americans’
corn and beans stored inside their houses. The
Pilgrims take the food and consequently do not
How does Bradford interpret the Pilgrims’ discovery of
the Native Americans’ corn and beans and what does
this tell you of his beliefs?
Bradford believes that God led them to find the
food in order to save them from starving.
Bradford believes that God plays an active role
in their daily lives.
“Thus it pleased God to vanquish their enemies
[Indians]and give them [Pilgrims] deliverance;
and by His special providence so to dispose that
not any one of them [Pilgrims] were either hurt
Sounds like not only did God give them
permission to shoot their muskats at the Native
Americans, but did them a special favor, seeing
to it that no Pilgrims were harmed by Natives.
Dead of winter in Massachusetts
Infected with scurvy (Ewww…what’s that?)
Scarcely 50 Pilgrims remained!!!!
Showing true love for their friends, William
Brewster and Miles Standish took care of the
sick and dying …
What methods does Bradford use to
characterize Brewster and Standish as “heroic?”
Characters’ Actions “…there was but six or seven sound persons who
to their great commendations, spared no pains night or day, but with abundance
of toil and hazard of their own health fetched them wood…did all the homely
and necessary offices for them…which queasy stomachs cannot endure to hear
named…willingly and cheerfully…showing herein true love unto their friends.”
Narrator’s Direct Comments “…two of these seven were Mr. Wm.
Brewster and Myles Standish, their Captain and Military Commander…”
Feelings of Other Characters “… unto whom myself and many others were much beholden in our low and sick condition.”
Describe how Bradford views God’s actions?
Know what it the greatest danger to the Pilgrims during their early months at Plymouth?
Why Of Plymouth Plantation is considered a primary source?
Describe the content of Bradford’s account?
Discuss his biases or opinions?
Find the “tone words” for evidence?
Describe his overall point of view?
Human beings are inherently evil and so must struggle to
overcome their sinful nature
Personal salvation depends solely on the grace of God, not
The Bible is the supreme authority on earth
Textbook pg. 134-135