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Surprisingly Honest Assesment of Jamestown
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2012
The story of the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving is the feel good story of early Colonial America. For the first generation, the Native Americans and English colonists coexisted in a somewhat harmonious fashion. It is not until King Phillip's War that their relationship is radically transformed. On the other hand, the settlement of Jamestown is violent almost from the very beginning. There is the whole Pocahantus narrative which is a nice story but at the same time there is a lot of brutality taking place.
To my great surprise "1607: A New Look at Jamestown" is very honest about what took place in the early years of the settlement. This honest treatment of the story in a book addressed to young children is refreshing. In that sense this book is "revisionist". A clear eyed view of American history is not for every parent or child. If you are looking for a more upbeat take on early Colonial history, I would suggest Catherine O'Neill Grace's "Mayflower 1620" or "1621 a New Look at Thanksgiving". Fortunately, my nine year old son is mature enough to understand that American history can have both its good and bad sides. This a beautifully photographed and well written book and I recommend it for anyone who can hold an expansive view of American history.