Near starvation. Scurvy, tuberculosis, and pneumonia. Bitter cold. Daily deaths. This was the Pilgrims' first winter in Plymouth Colony. But thanks in large part to William Bradford, the colonists survived—and went on to celebrate the following year what we call Thanksgiving.
William Bradford came to the New World with the other Pilgrims in search of religious freedom. With great faith in God and in his own abilities, he established a stable colony, doing his best to be just and fair to his fellow colonists as well as to the Native Americans living in the area. After he became governor of the colony, he was reelected more than thirty times.
Toward the end of Bradford's life, the community that he helped build began to split apart, something that troubled him deeply. But in enduring both triumph and heartache, he made a permanent mark on American history and left an inspiring legacy of unswerving faith in the God he loved.
Filled with maps, paintings, and historical illustrations, this fascinating biography by Gary Schmidt introduces readers to the dramatic story of the founder of Plymouth Colony.
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