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

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Monday December 14

5:30 PM  –  6:30 PM

John G. Turner, George Mason University 

Americans have been telling two very different stories about the Pilgrims. One is the tale of brave religious refugees who established Thanksgiving and democracy in the New England wilderness. The other is the story of unscrupulous invaders who betrayed their Indian allies, stole their land, and went to war against them. John G. Turner narrates a more complex history in They Knew They Were Pilgrims, tracing the contested meanings of liberty – and slavery – in the seven-decade history of Plymouth Colony.