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“The Pilgrim story is at the heart of the American story. It’s the idea that anyone can come here looking for a fresh start, where they can carve their own path based on their own values and beliefs, and where, if they work hard enough, they can be successful. But the Pilgrims who came here in 1620 might be surprised to know that’s how they are seen today. How did that story develop and change over the centuries? It was not just through the history books. American writers imagined the story of the Pilgrims and Puritans in historical fiction, and their work is just as influential, if not more so, than the historians in shaping our understanding of their contributions to American life. This project explores those long-forgotten novels and works of literature and tries to explain how they shaped the story of the Pilgrims and the Puritans into the one we know today.” No charge.