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ONE SMALL CANDLE af THOMAS FLEMING
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ONE SMALL CANDLE (udgave 1964)

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But the story is by no means entirely grim and solemn. Young explorers get lost in the woods and climb trees to escape "roaring lions." There is a comic duel for the hand of a headstrong fifteen-year-old. We are present at a bizarre visit to the great Indian chief, Massasoit.With masterly skill, Mr. Fleming gives us life-size portraits of the Pilgrim leaders. The Pilgrims' unique achievements--the Mayflower Compact, their tolerance for other faiths, the strict separation of church and state--are discussed in the context of the first year's anxieties and crises. Special attention is given to the younger men who emerged in this first year as the real leaders of the colony--William Bradford and Miles Standish. And new insights are provided into the deep humanity and tolerance of the Pilgrims' spiritual shepherd, Elder William Brewster.On the first Thanksgiving, there is already in the Pilgrim mind a dawning consciousness that they are the forerunners of a great nation. It is implicit in William Bradford's words "As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light kindled here has shone unto many...."… (mere)
Medlem:Bpolybius
Titel:ONE SMALL CANDLE
Forfattere:THOMAS FLEMING
Info:NORTON, NEW YORK (1964), Edition: First Edition, 3rd printing, Hardcover
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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One Small Candle: The Pilgrims' First Year in America af Thomas Fleming

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This was an interesting read. A lot of things your typical school textbook wouldn't cover, primarily about the launch, Bradford's wife's suicide, etc. The Native American-Pilgrim relations were interesting, and not as straight forward as the textbooks have you believe. Especially with the break down with the different tribes. And obviously, as we all know, Thanksgiving was not the way they would have you believe from your Pre-K and Kindergarten class parties.

The book definitely suffers from 'dated' writing. The way the Natives, and other groups, are written by the author is very dated, in the language used and the way they are discussed. The writing itself isn't the most expressive, but its good enough to keep going without being bored. ( )
  BenKline | Jan 28, 2018 |
The Pilgrims' first year in America
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
This little book is an account of the Pilgrims' plans to resettle in the New World, their voyage on the Mayflower, and their first year in Plymouth. The basic story is, of course, familiar, but I did learn a number of new things. For example: there were originally two ships, the Mayflower and the Speedwell, the latter of which was to carry supplied. The Speedwell proved unseaworthy, and the Mayflower had problems as well that required time in the shipyard. After starting out and returning to England several times, the Mayflower had to set out alone. I also didn't know that not everyone aboard shared the same religion: there was a sizeable group of passengers who wished to resettle for other reasons. Miles Standish, the only military man in the group, spent time during the journey training the other men to use muskets. And some of the passengers actually lived on the Mayflower for almost the entire first year. Fleming also provides details of the Plymouth settlers' relations with the local natives. ( )
  Cariola | Dec 24, 2014 |
I purchased this book thinking it might be a fun read just before Thanksgiving. And I wasn't disappointed! A wonderful telling of the events leading up to the Pilgrims' leaving Europe, and their voyage to this country, as well as the struggling first year in America.

Well written, with historical facts from those gentlemen who kept diaries and journals at the time, and extrapolations of what the events might have been like. I found the work entertaining, and brought to light some things I had never heard of before regarding this group of individuals who settled in New England.

Flemings' work is excellent for readers of all ages. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to appreciate the Thanksgiving season a bit more.

I give this book Five Stars and a big Thumbs Up!

****DISCLOSURE: This book was a private purchase and was in no way obligated for review or consideration. ( )
  texicanwife | Nov 18, 2013 |
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But the story is by no means entirely grim and solemn. Young explorers get lost in the woods and climb trees to escape "roaring lions." There is a comic duel for the hand of a headstrong fifteen-year-old. We are present at a bizarre visit to the great Indian chief, Massasoit.With masterly skill, Mr. Fleming gives us life-size portraits of the Pilgrim leaders. The Pilgrims' unique achievements--the Mayflower Compact, their tolerance for other faiths, the strict separation of church and state--are discussed in the context of the first year's anxieties and crises. Special attention is given to the younger men who emerged in this first year as the real leaders of the colony--William Bradford and Miles Standish. And new insights are provided into the deep humanity and tolerance of the Pilgrims' spiritual shepherd, Elder William Brewster.On the first Thanksgiving, there is already in the Pilgrim mind a dawning consciousness that they are the forerunners of a great nation. It is implicit in William Bradford's words "As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light kindled here has shone unto many...."

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