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Join Plimoth Patuxet Museums and the State Library of Massachusetts for a free online conversation with Carla Gardina Pestana about The World of Plymouth Plantation as part of the State Library’s virtual author talk program. Richard Pickering, Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ Chief Historian, will serve as interviewer and Beth Carroll-Horrocks, Head of Special Collections at the State Library of Massachusetts, will introduce the program.
The English settlement at Plymouth has usually been seen in isolation. The 400th-anniversary of Mayflower’s arrival in 1620, and the events of our recent past have prompted a fresh look. In the past, the colonists gained our attention in part because we envisioned them arriving on a desolate, frozen shore, far from assistance and forced to endure a deadly first winter alone. Yet Plymouth has been, from its first year, integrated with the world around it. Going beyond the tales we learned from schoolbooks, Carla Gardina Pestana offers a new and illuminating account of life in Plymouth Plantation.
Carla Gardina Pestana is Professor of History and Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair of America in the World at the University of California, Los Angeles. A Guggenheim Fellow, she is author of The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell’s Bid for Empire and The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution, 1640–1661.
Reviews of The World of Plymouth Plantation
“Explores Plymouth’s grip on the American historical imagination.”—Karin Wolf, Smithsonian
“Illuminating… Adds depth to many founding legends of American culture… Pestana brings the early decades of the colony to rich and nuanced life.”—Publishers Weekly
“Pestana has solved the conundrum of how to write about the Pilgrims and Plymouth. Employing a variety of inventive lenses, she treats Plymouth Plantation as a colony among colonies, interconnected with other ventures and with all kinds of Atlantic enterprises. The World of Plymouth Plantation is a model of how to write history and a must-read for anyone interested in early America.”—Karen Ordahl Kupperman, author of The Jamestown Project
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