Historian and award winning author Rod Gragg joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM hosts Alex Marlow and Raheem Kassam on Thursday to discuss his book, The Pilgrim Chronicles: An Eyewitness History of the Pilgrims and the Founding of Plymouth Colony.
Gragg discussed in concise detail the revolutionary nature of the English Reformation and how it led to the colonization of North America and ultimately the founding of the United States.
He pointed out how from the very beginning, the concept that every man was equal in the eyes of God and bestowed with inalienable rights was central to America’s founding philosophy.
Below is an excerpt from the book description, available here. The audio of the interview is below.
A Quest for Freedom
All Americans are familiar with the story of the Pilgrims—persecuted for their religion in the Old World, they crossed the ocean to settle in a wild and dangerous land. But for most of us, the story ends after their brutal first winter at Plymouth with a supposedly peaceful encounter with the Native Americans and a happy Thanksgiving.
Now, through the vivid memoirs, letters, and personal accounts in The Pilgrim Chronicles, you will discover the full, compelling story of their anguished journey and heroic strength. Award-winning historian Rod Gragg brings the Pilgrims to life in this lavishly illustrated guide, filled with moving, eyewitness narratives. From their persecution in England and painful exile in Holland to their voyage across the Atlantic and their struggle to survive among the Indians in an untamed wilderness, Gragg takes you on the harrowing and inspiring journey of a people seeking religious freedom.
It was a very risky thing for the Pilgrims to travel to America colonies like Jamestown were barely hanging on and their residents has resorted to cannibalism. There were actually two ships that set out to Plymouth one was the Mayflower and the other was the Speedwell. They were actually off course they were trying to land near what today is NYC but they landed in Cape Cod Bay. We all know that our early history of relations with the Native Americans is a sad chapter but the original pilgrims actually had good relations and signed a peace treaty.
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