America has a relatively short history rather than England. However, nowadays this
country is the most powerful and famous nation in the world. Their first is insignificant but
their end is big and strong. I believe William Bradford’s story, Of Plymouth Plantation,
represents American's history, emotion, and thinking in early American history. The book, Of
Plymouth Plantation, is William Bradford’s journal that described the story of pilgrims.
Indeed, this story was very difficult for me to read; however, I could understand several
points of this story.
In this term, William Bradford is the most important person in the first history of
American society. Puritanism is the establishment ideology of first America. Of Plymouth
Plantation, written by William Bradford is the most interesting book of the puritan histories.
He describes the Puritans' difficult relations with the Indians. And he also describes
difficulties during their first winter. In that winter, half of the small colony died. During the
read, I feel he wrote this story with a bias on some points.
In this book, there are many evidences of his prejudiced view. First, at this time,
Bradford's history was deeply influenced by the belief that God directs everything that
happens. Each event he writes about begins with, "It pleased God to.
..” (Bradford). Also he
repeats "Special work of God's providence.", "Blessed the God of Heaven". (Bradford). This
is the evident of a bias. The most of his speech is not scientifically established which means
he believes everything is decided by God. Second, in his literature, he describes the Indian
like "wild man” He thought Indians are not civilized. "They also assaulted a fort at the river's
mouth, though strong and well defended; and though they did not there prevail, yet it struck
them with much fear and astonishment to see their bold attempts in the face of
danger."(Bradford). Through these quotes, their hostility and the relationship with the English
can be observed.
I believe that the major motive of his writing is the justification for colonialism. He
represents colonists can be blessed by God and American Natives are savage. Colonists could
reinforce colonialism because this logic can justify them to colonialism. This is the bias of the