Most historians equate Plymouth Colony with the Mayflower crossing and the First Thanksgiving, then pay little attention to Plymouth once the larger Massachusetts Bay Colony took root. Despite that, Plymouth Colony endured for seven decades. John Alden lived through nearly all of the colony's history. For many decades, he was among the colony's magistrates. What can we learn from John Alden about his colony's religious, political, and social order.
Explore this fascinating legacy with historian John Turner, based on his recently published book "They Knew They Were Pilgrims, Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty."
John G. Turner is professor of religious studies at George Mason University and writes and speaks about the place of religion in American culture and history. He is also author of the award-winning author of Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet.