For thousands of years two distinct cultures evolved unaware of one anotherâ€™s existence. Separated by what one culture called The Great Sea and known to the other as the Atlantic Ocean, the course of each cultureâ€™s future changed irreversibly four hundred years ago. In 1620 the Mayflower delivered 102 refugees and fortune seekers from England to Cape Cod, where these two cultures first encountered one another. The English sought religious freedom and fresh financial opportunities. The Natives were recovering from the Great Dying of the past several years that left over two-thirds of their people in graves. How would they react to one another? How might their experience shape modern cross-cultural encounters?
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“We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Kathryn Haueisen. It has been the beginning of healing for our people. We are honored in how she has reached out to the Pokanoket people and respected our history as she has written this book.”
â€”written by descendants of Massasoit Ousa Mequin
InÂ Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures, HaueisenÂ gives the reader aÂ sweepingÂ panoramaÂ of theÂ peopleÂ of the Separatist MovementÂ of the Church of EnglandÂ that led toÂ the founding of theÂ PlymouthÂ Colony.Â A descendant of thoseÂ pioneersÂ of religious freedom, HaueisenÂ narratesÂ aÂ historicalÂ sagaÂ that captures the heart, mind and faithÂ ofÂ two peoples, theÂ Indigenous Pokanoket and the English settlers,Â and theirÂ struggle to understandÂ each other in a way that leads to mutualÂ respect,Â friendshipÂ and peaceful cooperation.Â It is aÂ must read forÂ intercultural and interfaithÂ understandingÂ in theÂ currentÂ age of religious and cultural pluralism.Â Â The readerÂ will be caught upÂ in theÂ historical journey of William and Mary Brewster and the other settlers and their encountersÂ with theÂ Pokanoket nation that led to peaceful co-existence for several generations.”
â€”The Rev. Dr. Jay AlanĂs, Executive Director of the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest
“In recognition of its historic journey 400 years ago,Â Mayflower ChroniclesÂ explores not only the treacherous trek across the Atlantic, but the equally dramatic and surprising conflicts that occurred on both European and North American soil to make the arrival of the new settlers possible. Unlike most books written on what many will mistakenly believe is familiar history, author Haueisen has painstakingly researched and discovered (and documented) new information that includes enlightening and much needed representation of the Native American men and European women who played such pivotal roles in the early history of North America. Most impressive is her approach to the history. Instead of presenting dry, footnoted facts, she infuses the meticulous historic details in the course of engaging and suspenseful plots on both continents. Using dramatic license sparingly and conscientiously, she has brought new life to old history in a story that suggests that courage, risk, and cooperation not only brought the settlers to a new continent, but introduced the tenets that would become the foundation of the American spirit. Quite appropriately, she credits the Native Americans as much as the death-defying transatlantic travelers for establishing that spirit.”
â€”Roger Leslie, PhD, author, retired librarian
“Haueisen’s writing pulls the reader into the story, as if she were sitting next to William Brewster as he and his wife Mary make life-altering decisions driven by the desire to find religious freedom. If only all history were taught through stories as captivating as Ms. Haueisen’s, perhaps we’d be better educated and might even have more history buffs. She brings history to life in this gripping tale ofÂ the real story of the Mayflower. Even though I thought I knew how it ended, I found myself turning page after page in an effort to ensure that William Brewster and his colleagues survived. Impeccably researched, well-executed, and engaging, Mayflower Chronicles is as entertaining as it is educational.”
â€”Elizabeth B. Splaine, author of Devilâ€™s Grace,Â Voice Teacher/Author/Narrator of audio Mayflower Chronicles
About the Author
KATHRYN BREWSTER HAUEISENâ€™S interest in the Mayflower started when her mother researched the familyâ€™s connection to the Brewster passengers. Her curiosity expanded when her daughter married into a family with Native American DNA. Using her skills as a trained journalist and a Lutheran theologian, she retells this famous story from the perspective of both the English religious refugees and the Natives who discovered them establishing a new community in Cape Cod. Her research included interviews with Native leaders and editors, as well as on-site research in England and Holland.
Author URL: https://howwisethen.com
byÂ Kathryn Brewster Haueisen
Historical Fiction / Colonial America / General Religions
384 pages Â | Â 6 x 9
Pub Date: October 12, 2020
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