Thu, 15 Apr | Online

Mayflower Lecture Online: The Making of America's Foundation Myth

*** FREE event ** The Mayflower story is one of a national foundation, but what is true and what is myth? Mayflower historian and author Rita Cruise O'Brien will try to unravel fact from fiction is this fascinating story relating to the very foundation of America.
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Mayflower Lecture Online: The Making of America's Foundation Myth

Time & Location

15 Apr 2021, 19:00

About the Event

The story of the Mayflower and the ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ began to be held in reverence in New England  by the time of the 200th anniversary of the arrival in 1820.  The fraught and troubled beginnings of the Plymouth settlement were re-invented by politicians, poets, pastors and artists, notably John  Quincy Adams and Daniel Webster.  Plymouth Rock was turned into a national shrine and the Mayflower Compact became ‘the foundation stone of American democracy.’  The earlier Virginia Colony was swept aside; the emblem of proud southern planters, denied. The story became a national foundation myth, used  in the rhetoric of ‘freedom versus slavery’ in the decades leading up to the Civil War.

Rita Cruise  O’Brien is the author of The Mayflower: Myths, Truths and Legacies, 2020 which is available  on Amazon.

This is a FREE event but donations would be appreciated.  You must register:

This presentation is part of our Mayflower 400 in Harleston Lecture series where are running monthly lectures on the third Thursday of each month.  Look out for future presentations.