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Memory's nation : the place of Plymouth Rock

Author: John D Seelye
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Long celebrated as a symbol of the country's origins, Plymouth Rock no longer receives much national attention. In fact, historians now generally agree that the Pilgrims' storied landing on the Rock never actually took place - the tradition having emerged more than a century after the arrival of the Mayflower." "In Memory's Nation, however, John Seelye is not interested in the factual truth of the landing. He  Read more...
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Seelye, John D.
Memory's nation.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)606444843
Online version:
Seelye, John D.
Memory's nation.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)607095898
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John D Seelye
ISBN: 0807824151 9780807824153
OCLC Number: 37721380
Description: xv, 699 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. A Boat, a Ship, Some People --
2. The Liberty Boys Hoist One for the Forefathers --
3. The Federalists Take Their Stand on the Rock --
4. Webster and the Rock --
5. Wherein Tears are Struck from the Rock --
6. Circumferential Matters Relating to the Rock --
7. The Great Trinitarian-Unitarian-Congregational Battle over the Ownership of the Pilgrims and Their Rock --
8. Concerning Certain Flaws in the Rock --
9. The Rock Rolled Back --
10. Tabling the Rock --
11. Written on the Rock --
12. Setting Free the Rock --
13. Rock Ballast for the Ship of State --
14. Wherein the Rock Becomes a Rolling Stone --
15. Carving a Face on the Rock --
16. Feminizing the Rock --
17. Under the Rock --
Something for Bowdoin --
18. Cutting a Colossus from the Rock --
19. The Rock's Red Glare --
20. Brooklyn Nights --
Something by Way of Lighter Fare --
21. The Stern and Rock-Bound Lodge --
22. Wherein the Rock Gets Reconstructed --
23. The Pilgrim Fathers, Where Are They? --
24. The Rock Impounded --
25. The Statue and the Rock.
Responsibility: John Seelye.
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Though historians now generally agree that the Pilgrims' landing at the Rock never took place, the author of this work argues that the significance of Plymouth Rock is more than two centuries of  Read more...

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