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Topics: Plymouth Colony, King Philip's War, Mayflower Compact Pages: 3 (940 words) Published: August 11, 2013

Kristina Santa
Mr. Howle
World History
1 August 2013
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
Over the Summer I decided to read the “Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick”. The Mayflower focuses on courage community and war. As a matter of fact the Mayflower taught me things I would have never imagined happening. There were quite a few interesting sections that intrigued me. The characters faced good days and bad days. The Mayflower had some dull moments but at times it had a few vibrant moments. My favorite part of the Mayflower was in the very beginning of the book when Philbrick says “ For sixty-five days, the Mayflower had blundered her way through storms and headwinds, her bottom and shaggy pelt of seaweed and barnacles, her leaky decks spewing salt water onto her passengers’ devoted heads.” The reason why I enjoyed this part is because it shows how strong the Mayflower was. She pulled through the storm even though she was a raggedy old ship. In fact The Mayflower was a ship to freedom for the English settlers for freedom of religion. One of my favorite quotes that spoke to me is “There are two possible responses to a world suddenly gripped by terror and contention. There is the Moseley way: get mad and get even. But as the course of King Philip's War proved, unbridled arrogance and fear only feed the flames of violence. Then there is the (Benjamin) Church way. Instead of killing him, try to bring him around to your way of thinking. First and foremost, treat him like a human being. For Church, success in war was about coercion rather that slaughter, and in this he anticipated the welcoming, transformative beast that eventually became, once the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were in place, the United States.” The reason this quote intrigued me was when he says “There is the Moseley way: get mad and get even.” I like this sentence because it says get mad or get even and in my opinion that means that you have a choice you can either stay...
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