The story of the Pilgrims in their oddly-shaped hats and the first Thanksgiving, complete turkey and all the fixings, is one that is taught in schools across the United States. But what if that isn’t the true story? In his new book, They Came for Freedom: The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims, Jay Milbrandt explores the world of the early Pilgrims and the numerous reasons they left their homes for the New World, laying the groundwork for the Founding Fathers, the Constitution and the American identity.
“As a descendant of two Mayflower Pilgrims, I’ve known this bit of family folklore for many years,” said Milbrandt. “But it dawned on me that I hadn’t taken the time to understand why the Pilgrims made their journey. After some research, I found that little attention had been given to the faith component of their journey and their flight from religious persecution. Readers will be shocked that the Pilgrims survived and we have a Thanksgiving at all. The journey that made that happen is remarkable!”