Mayflower Lecture Online: The Making of America’s Foundation Myth
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*** FREE Event ***
Our Mayflower lecture series continues with a presentation by Rita Cruise O'Brien, Mayflower historian and author. 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 became a national shrine and the Mayflower Compact, the foundation stone of American democracy. The earlier Virginia Colony was swept aside; the emblem of proud Southern planters, denied. The story became America’s foundation myth, used in the rhetoric of ‘freedom versus slavery’ in the decades leading up to the Civil War.
Rita Cruise O'Brien, is a historian and published author. Rita has had appointments at the London School of Economics, Sussex University and London Business School, and international consulting assignments for the UN and UK government.
This event will be held at the prestigeous London Guildhall Library as part of their events programme. Rita was one of our planned guest speakers in the original 'Mayflower 400 in Harleston' programme and has invited us to join her online presentation. We hope to welsome Rita to a future Mayflower presentaion on 2021.
This is a FREE event but you must register.