William Bradford

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“Some are born great others achiever greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them” Shakespeare’s, Twelfth Night Throughout history, there have been great leaders, some for the good of humanity, and some for the not-so good of humanity. The one element all leaders have in common is in some way, have changed the course of history. The one great leader I have found to be interesting and envision of a great leader is William Bradford, an original passenger on the Mayflower, and the first ever governor elected on what is to become, American Soil. William Bradford is the epitome of somebody who never intended to become the person he became, never seeking out leadership, or fame, he just wanted to help his fellow man live a better life of religious freedom. However, once he did find himself in the role of leader, he is able to begin turning a few dozen men and their families from scared, sick, and unprepared, immigrants into vibrant, self-supporting compatriots, who together began rising a new country. Born in Austerfield England in 1590, William Bradford, orphaned at an early age, raised by several relatives, and with no formal education, became one of the most influential men of the original American Colonists, and is credited as the “Father of American history,” with his diaries of the Pilgrims’ journey and struggles to America. “Of Plymouth Plantation” the journals of William Bradford are still one of the major resources used for historians for this time in history. (Schoenberg, 2001) It is only by accident did William Bradford actually become a separatist in England, however, by the age of 17 he is a “Committed member, sharing the radical idea of separating from the official Church of England.” (Kelso, 20... ... middle of paper ... ...itable for their new claimant, and to build houses able to withstand the brutal New England winters. By fall, they had “fitted their houses against winter, and had all things in good plenty” so, Bradford called for a celebration, a “Thanksgiving shared with their Wampanoag friends.” (Kelso, 2005) Works Cited Kelso, D. H. (2005, May 18). Williams Bradford. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from Pilgrim Hall Museum - Americac's Museum of Pilgrim Possessions: www.pilgrimhall.org/bradfordwilliam.htm Random House, Inc. (n.d.). "Wampanoag's." . Retrieved March 3, 2011, from Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc.: Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. Schoenberg, T. J. (2001). Bradford, William - Introduction. "Literary Criticiem (1400-1800). Retrieved March 2011, from enotes.com/literacy-criticism: www.enotes.com/literary-criticism/bradford-williams
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