The story of the Pilgrims – who they were, what drove them on – their searing first years in America and pivotal interactions with Native Americans – how they succeeded and how they failed – and how and why we have come to remember them as we do – is a tale far more harrowing and strange – and far more revealing – than the Thanksgiving myth we think we know.

An image from Jennie A. Brownscombe's 1914 painting, "The First Thanksgiving At Plymouth
An image from Jennie A. Brownscombe’s 1914 painting, “The First Thanksgiving At Plymouth

On Tuesday, November 24th and Thanksgiving Day at 8pm EST, PBS is airing a new documentary by Ric Burns. Featuring a gripping performance by the late actor Roger Rees as William Bradford, and spectacular recreations of the Mayflower’s arduous voyage across the Atlantic, The Pilgrims brings to life the epic tale behind the quintessential American myth of origin.The movie uncovers the riveting story of the men and women of the Mayflower – exploring the historic forces and personalities that motivated their crossing – and the harrowing events that unfolded in their crucial first decade in Massachusetts.

Ric Burns’ “The Pilgrims” Official Trailer from Steeplechase Films on Vimeo.

2 thoughts on “The Pilgrims: “not the Thanksgiving myth we think we know.”

  1. I too want to know the “whole” story of the Mayflower as I have six sets of nine times great-grandparents who arrived on the Mayflower – Isaac Allerton, Stephen Hopkins, Richard Warren, Myles Standish, George Soule and Francis Cooke – also Robert Cushman. I am the same “stuff” that they were made of. Interesting to note too for me is that two women were named “Dorothy” on this voyage – Governor Bradford’s wife and a maid servant to John Carver named “Dorothy,” both died.

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