Let’s spend time in November learning about the initial settlement of the Colonies. The Pilgrims, other early settlers, and the Thanksgiving holiday have been almost vilified in the name of political correctness. Thanksgiving is not even mentioned in many public school classrooms. It seems to be lost on some that without the pilgrims (and their counterparts), there would be no colonies, no American Revolution, and no United States of America. Therefore, I intend to focus on them, and the holiday of Thanksgiving, over the course of the next few weeks. Let’s start by reading the Mayflower Compact. It is a very short document, but another in the long line of primary sources which many of us have never read.
“IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.IN WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and ofScotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini; 1620.”
Note that from the beginning they sought “just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and officers.” It is clear that from the beginning they sought a colony which would function differently than their homeland. Please take a moment today to be thankful for those who came before us. They are the beginning point of What IS Right With America.
Susan C. Rempel, Ph.D.