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Teaching The complicated legacy of the Pilgrims

The complicated legacy of the Pilgrims

As a scholar of early 17th-century New England, I’ve always been puzzled by the glory heaped on the Pilgrims and their settlement at Plymouth. Native Americans had met Europeans many times before 1620, so yet another encounter was hardly unique. Compared to other settlements, the colony attracted few migrants. And it only lasted 70 years.

Peter C. Mancall, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
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