A Quick Guide to the Mayflower (Instant Expert: American History)
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The epic saga of the pilgrims and their journey to and colonization of the New World is one of the fundamental narratives of our nation. Yet the true tale of this determined band of English Separatists bears little resemblance to the popular myth portrayed in grade school pageants. HISTORY takes a definitive look at the incredible pilgrimage that brought these unlikely pioneers - who endured religious persecution in their homeland and endless perils on the Atlantic - to the alien shores of a new continent in The Mayflower. From their treacherous ocean passage to their struggle to survive through winter, HISTORY explores the true story of the pilgrims, including their relationship with the Native Americans, their historic first Thanksgiving and how the colony's saga continued in the decades after their fateful voyage.
* Interactive Quiz
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They movie itself is excellent, don't get me wrong - just want to point out they are both the same thing under a different title.
amazon.com - should review the products they are selling and they would have realized this and warned consumers! Wish amazon.com would contact me about this.
Based mostly on the writings of Pilgrim William Bradford, this story begins in England in 1607 and spans the persecution of religious Separatists in England, their trip to The Netherlands, and ultimately, their travels to the New World (which basically seems to begin as a call to a massive mission trip).
When the documentary reaches the discussion of the original settlement in North America and the Pilgrim's interactions with its native people (including Squanto) it improves significantly, but the re-enactments are still too overdone and melodramatic to properly disseminate historical information. Phrases like "This is what thou intendest?!" ultimately kill the non-fictional mood that the History Channel no doubt is hoping to present.
There are Extended Activities and Discussion Questions included in the DVD insert that should help anyone attempting to use this video as a teaching tool.