The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America

The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America

Rebecca Fraser's book about the Mayflower sheds new light on a family caught up in all the perils of crossing the ocean and settling in the wilderness. But the story did not end there. All settlers had to become linguists, traders, and explorers, and yet not forget their roots and customs from the old country. With the aid of exciting contemporary documents, Rebecca Fraser Rebecca Fraser's book about the Mayflower sheds new light on a family caught up in all the perils of crossing the ocean a...

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Title:The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America
Author:Rebecca Fraser
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Mayflower Generation: The Winslow Family and the Fight for the New World
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:358 pages pages

The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America Reviews

  • Socraticgadfly
    Dec 13, 2017
    A different perspective, but marred My own take was that this was probably a 3.5 star ... I bumped it down the half-star based on what the two reviewers with relatives of the period said on Amazon. My own take, in brief? 1. Being written as a British take offers something differ...
  • Michael
    Mar 04, 2018
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  • Katherine
    Dec 27, 2017
    I have always had an interest in New England history, especially pre-revolution and found this book most enjoyable and fairly readable once I got into it. It seems like a balanced view and I especially appreciated the background in the Netherlands and the description of the effects of ...
  • Karla
    Feb 25, 2018
    A strong start, but halfway through it feels like Fraser shifts focus away from the subject of the two main Massachusetts pilgrim colonies and wanders off into extended histories of the founding families decades, if not a century plus down the road. Her presentation of some of the firs...
  • Laurel
    Apr 23, 2018
    The beginning is better than the end. ...
  • Jim Cabaj
    Feb 04, 2018
    Have you ever wondered what the true motivations that drove the pilgrims and others to America in the beginning? In Rebecca Frasier's well documented account of what happened that brought the Mayflower to America. You see the buildup in the eyes of Edward Winslow as an apprentice print...
  • Kristine
    Dec 01, 2017
    The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late November. Written as a character study within the framework of history, it almost should've been called Plymouth, due to the extent of the timeline be...
  • Mariann
    Nov 05, 2017
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This book is as much about the New England American Indians as it was about the Pilgrims. The author?s comprehensive research provides an intimate look at their lives as they struggled to survive in the untamed areas of the eastern shore. I le...
  • Wallis Chan
    Jan 16, 2018
    There are some interesting new contents in this book, but the story-telling part was not as engaging as it could be ...
  • Libby
    Mar 25, 2018
    An odd book. First of all, it's not about the families; it focuses primarily on the Winslow family, which was a bit of a disappointment to me. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, with random facts showing up in strange places. The whole book would have benefited from a more organized...
  • Cindi Stewart
    Feb 05, 2018
    Good, but now quite what I expected. It should have been subtitled "The Founding of America, a Little bit about the Families except One, and Hardly anything about the Voyage". ...
  • David McClendon, Sr
    Apr 20, 2018
    We love history. We love to study genealogy. The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser is chock full of both. We learned so much about history that we never even knew existed from this book. Not only did we learn about early America, we a...
  • Lehtomaki
    Dec 19, 2017
    Nonfiction-history ...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    Oct 29, 2017
    The Mayflower is an in depth look at the history of Plymouth Colony and the Pilgrims who settled it. Fraser introduces the cast of characters in a comfortable manner. So many died the first year of settle,met, it is astonishing the colony endured. The text includes copious footnotes an...
  • Emmett Hoops
    Dec 28, 2017
    This is an exceedingly interesting and engagingly written book. I was hesitant to purchase it because I thought it might be slightly fawning, as other books about the Mayflower families were. It is decidedly not fawning. The author makes clear the forces acting on each person were hist...
  • Ben House
    Nov 24, 2017
    On this Thanksgiving Season in 2017, it is easy to think back to the American Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, The Mayflower, and the first Thanksgiving (which really wasn?t the first?Thanksgiving started in the southern colonies). The pleasant features of the story are ingrained into our ...
  • Deb
    Oct 21, 2017
    I received this book through Goodreads Giveaway Program. Thank you! As a history book, it is a slow read. Your mind MUST be on what you are reading and nothing else. It gave the Pilgrims personalities. I felt like they were finally people and not just a group that did everything in one...
  • Lorri Wright
    Dec 16, 2017
    This was a great book. I loved updating my knowledge on the New England first colonies. It was a fairly fast read and not nearly as dry as a lot of nonfiction. ...
  • Jake
    Nov 09, 2017
    Did not finish. Read about two-thirds of the book. This is a history book, but it's history through the lens of Edward Winslow's life. I generally enjoyed the earlier section of the book which detailed the struggle of the Puritans during the early days of the Plymouth colony. But there...
  • Camille
    Nov 23, 2017
    The Mayflower aims to tell the story of the families, focusing on the Winslows, that fled to America and founded Plymouth. That?s what the subtitle says (?The Families, the Voyage and the Founding of America?). cover122138-mediumAnd that?s what Rebecca Fraser does for the first...
  • Julianne Beach
    Jan 22, 2018
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  • Rose
    Jan 27, 2018
    The Mayflower by Rebecca Fraser is a deeply researched accounting of the build-up of tensions which resulted in the departure of numerous Puritans and others seeking out a new world. It follows the history of a significant few immigrants and their associations with the Native Americans...
  • Kristine
    Apr 01, 2018
    There were a lot of things in this book that I didn't know, but I've never been one for history. I found it quite interesting, but also quite wordy. There were a lot of words the author used that I didn't know what they meant, but I still got the whole gist. I didn't realize the Puri...
  • Kimberly Brooks
    Dec 30, 2017
    The content was quite interesting, but honestly, her writing made it SO difficult to read! I don't think there was a single page where I did not see typos or an awkwardly worded sentence. Or a sentence that just did not make sense. ...
  • Dawn
    Jan 20, 2018
    A very, well thought out book. Rebecca Fraser's work is insightful and brings forward what happened on their way to the new land as well as their lives after they arrived. ...
  • Sherry
    Mar 13, 2018
    Author Rebecca Fraser follows the Winslow family in detail and the other Pilgrim families in general as well as individual Indians, both friend and foe. This is NOT a genealogy book, but I used it that way, gathering tidbits about distant relatives. (Pilgrim Edward Winslow is my great-...
  • Roxanne
    Sep 12, 2017
    I won this from Goodreads. It is a very long book but interesesting. It talks about the development in Plymouth Rock and around Cape Cod. Someone in my husbands family came from England around this time also but I guess on a different ship. ...
  • Joshua Kerr
    Oct 13, 2017
    I won this book in a giveaway. Rebecca Fraser does a great job telling the development of the Plymouth colony. The Settlers had to survive and evolve to their surroundings. ...
  • Steve Majerus-Collins
    Apr 01, 2018
    It's surprisingly difficult to make the Pilgrims seem like real people. We know all sorts of quirky details about some of them. And we know the general thrust of their story -- the religious mania that led them first to the Netherlands and then to the New World, where they somehow pick...
  • Virginia
    Nov 24, 2017
    Interesting and well developed picture of the "great event". Lots of concrete and well reasoned detail. With all the marriages and 'begats' - a family tree type of illustrated time line might have been helpful. ...