Stories from American History Book Review by Peter Pen

Stories from American History
A review of the book "The Mayflower Murderer & Other Forgotten Firsts in American History" by Peter F. Stevens.
# 103341 | 991 words | 0 sources | APA | 2008

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This paper explores the forgotten first events in American History, in Peter Stevens' book "The Mayflower Murderer & Other Forgotten Firsts in American History". The paper explains that Stevens' motivation for writing this book is to help the reader rediscover some of the missing links in American History. The paper looks at how the book is filled with many interesting stories of how women played a crucial role in the establishment of the country. The writer points out that Stevens has collected many photographs and sketches to describe each of the events to help revive the lost legends and give back recognition to those that should have been recognized for the first pieces of our American History. The writer recommends this book to anyone who loves history and all college students. The writer also suggests that this book is a good read for most men because it gives many accounts of some firsts that made America what it is today.

From the Paper:

"Stevens masterfully portrays his hand picked collection with seven parts to the book containing amazing details of these missing stories in history. The first part is "The New World and New Notions," filled with a murderer, pirates, first woman to demand a vote, and the first abolishment. The title story in the book, "The Mayflower Murderer", is the story of John Billington, a thirty-year-old Londoner who was trouble right from the start of the Mayflower's voyage. He was a tough, foul mouthed man who wangled his way and his family's way onto the Mayflower. The Author, describes how Billington was seen as a big brut, but as I read more about him, I realized that his intentions to his family were honorable. Everything that we read about this era when so many people wanted to take the long trip to the New World tells us that things were not very good in their homeland."

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