Take that origin story away -- the one that traces a line from Mayflower Compact
to the Declaration of Independence to the Battle of Gettysburg to the Freedom Riders -- and you lose this.
Halpern, of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva Universitymake their case, in the fine tradition of our wise forefathers, by laying before us scroll after scroll of source material, showing us the Biblical thread that binds everything from the Mayflower Compact
to Lincoln's second inaugural address.
It also presents primary source documents like the Mayflower Compact
, the Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," the Magna Carta, the National Organization for Women Bill of Rights, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Charles Halsey s son William married Anne Brewster, a direct descendant of Elder William Brewster, the primary author of the Mayflower Compact
and the leading religious figure of the Plymouth colony.
Both authors, great-grandsons (x11) of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, became enamored with the Pilgrims journey, the government they set up via the Mayflower Compact
, which to this day has become the basis for governments around the world that are run by the people and for the people, to the way they overcame starvation and grew to thrive in the New World.
That failure denies generations of youth the opportunity to appreciate an expressive form that is in every Anglo-American historical document before the age of the typewriter: including the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact
, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, Inaugural Addresses, and public speeches of presidents from George Washington to John F.
He could start with the 1620 Mayflower Compact
, which implicitly recognized the rights of political and social minorities in one of America's earliest religious colonies.
< Mayflower < mayflowers < May < Greek goddess Maia.
Those looking for a purely American origin myth invented a path from the Mayflower Compact
to the U.S.
Our first constitution, the Mayflower Compact
of 1620, stated its purpose was "the advancement of the Christian faith.''
The real history of the nation began with the Mayflower Compact
, which referred to God several times.
Thomas Benton (R-Jefferson), insisted that the measure is legal because the Commandments will be posted with other documents, including the Mayflower Compact
, the Magna Carta and the preamble of the Georgia Constitution.