Main Plot Points:
- The Pilgrims’ narrative has been shrouded in myth, embedded in Thanksgiving Day feasts, football, and parades. Who were the men and women who constituted this multifarious band of English Protestants whom we call “the Pilgrims”? A two-hour documentary film by award-winning director Ric Burns, The Pilgrims chronicles the deep history, origins, and critical first decade of the first permanent English colony in New England.
What We Thought:
- The Pilgrims from PBS/American Experience is an incredibly in depth look at the Pilgrims, their time before America, their voyage on the Mayflower and their early years in the New World.
- I’m from New England specifically the Boston area. I’ve been to Plymouth Rock. I grew up learning history and even I learned a thing or two from this.
- Most people know the Pilgrims left England for religious reasons. This shows you that they left and went to The Netherlands first to live their lifestyle there. When they realized they weren’t happy there, they got sponsorship in England, got the money for the Mayflower and crossed the Atlantic with others that their sponsor made them take.
- They weren’t supposed to stop in Massachusetts. In fact their agreement and property was much more south, but a combination of weather, supplies and other factors forced them to settle in the Massachusetts area of Cape Cod.
- The documentary uses re-enactments to show you the early years dealing with the natives. Earlier Europeans had come and spread disease that wiped out most of the natives so dealing with the remaining ones was quite difficult. They made agreements, but many died along the way.
- What I didn’t know is how many times their trading shipments got destroyed on their way back to England. How they were able to survive financial with all that loss is beyond me. But with men like Miles Standish and William Bradford.
- The film focuses on Bradford a lot and the history of his book. Again, being from Boston, I know of Bradford’s book “Of Plymouth Plantation” which we consider one of America’s most important texts.
- If you are a history buff, definitely watch The Pilgrims. It’s a great teacher’s aid and schools should definitely show it. Learn your history or we shall repeat it.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Ric Burns
- From PBS/American Experience
Recommended if You Like:
- American History
- New England History