Of Plymouth Plantation Analysis

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Of Plymouth Plantation was important to our history because of how it retold the account of the Puritans landing. Mark L. Sargent acknowledges, in his journal "William Bradford's 'Dialogue' with History," how he believes that Bradford is willing to confront history (Sargent 392). Sargent describes how Bradford was upset with the Puritans for not fulfilling their mission (Sargent 393). Carl Bridenbaugh argues in the journal "The William and Mary quarterly" that Of Plymouth Plantation was a classic made for America (Bridenbaugh 261). Bridenbaugh feels that every time he reads the work it is still fresh like he has never read it before (Bridenbaugh 262). Once again, Clarence S. Gee, as the author of "The Bradford Manuscript," tells how it was…show more content…
Walter P. Wenska argues, in his journal "Bradford's Two Histories: Pattern and Paradigm in Of Plymouth Plantation," that Bradford is the creator when it comes to American history (Wenska 151). He believes that it is the earliest and best of the American works (Wenska 151). Wenska claims that by analyzing the text, readers can understand that time frame that it came from (Wenska 152). Also, Wenska believes that the style that the text was written in, being not fully finished, adds symbolism showing the beginnings marking an end in the Americas (Wenska 154). Minor Wallace Major claims that Bradford was made a tradition of American literature because Of Plymouth Plantation which he describes in his journal "William Bradford versus Thomas Morton," (Major 1). It told of certain events that were important to the history of America (Major 2). Some examples of this would be the settlements of the Puritans and how they tried to purify the people already there (Major 5). The journal "Silent Partners: Historical Representation in William Bradford's 'Of Plymouth Plantation'," written by David Read, also shows the importance in Bradford's…show more content…
The entire text is reflective of the time period and nothing else. It not only discussed the purification process, but of relations within the society (Read 298). In Kenneth Alvan Hovey's journal, "The Theology of History in Of Plymouth Plantation and it Predecessors," it tells of meetings that happened during this time (Hovey 55). It also tells that there were financial issues that took place (Hovey 64). These two things are more evidence of important events that took place when Bradford wrote. Freeman J. Dyson, the author of the journal "Pilgrim Fathers, Mormon Pioneers, and Space Colonists: An Economic Comparison," also describes the financial issues that Bradford had when they got to the new land (Dyson 63). It not only tells of this, but of issues among the people that lived together. This happened between the division of cattle, land, and goods (Dyson 64). Michael Zuckerman wrote the journal "Pilgrims in the Wilderness: Community, Modernity, and the Maypole at Merry Mount." In this, Zuckerman tells of the debt that takes forever to pay off (Zuckerman 260). This was an important factor that was put into Bradford's
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