They Came for Freedom: A Review

They Came for Freedom by Jay Milbrandt

Much myth surrounds the Pilgrims and what led up to the first Thanksgiving. In his latest title Jay Milbrandt provides an engaging look at the Pilgrims and the events that surrounded them.  Well researched and well written this is history that makes that past come alive.

Throughout this book Milbrandt traces the journeys of both the Pilgrims and Squanto. Milbrandt faithfully records the pressures and persecutions that led the Pilgrims to leave England for Amsterdam and then from Amsterdam to America. One sees in the life of Squanto which in my opinion demonstrate  God’s providence. We often romanticize the Pilgrims but Milbrandt demonstrates the harsh realities they faced in the new world. In many ways I am convinced that it was the Pilgrims religious convictions that separated Plymouth colony from all the failed colonies that came before them.

This book is one I would recommend to anyone who wants to better understand the Pilgrims or earlier colonial America. While sometimes authors add more fiction that history or make history dull this is not the case with this book. There’s plenty of time to read it before Thanksgiving this year so make sure you add it to your reading list.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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