Nathaniel Philbrick discusses “Mayflower” at the Boston Public Library

Marking the quatercentenary of the November 12th landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth, the Boston Public Library and American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) co-hosted a virtual talk with Nathaniel Philbrick about his 2006 book, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War. Click here for the video of the interview.

(Above) Before the conversation begins, Boston Public Library President David Leonard and Beth Carroll-Horrocks of the State Library of Massachusetts offered brief comments.


How did America begin? That simple question by American Ancestors Vice-president and CEO, Ryan Woods. launched acclaimed author Nathaniel Philbrick on an extraordinary journey to understand the truth behind our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony.


Author Philbrick responded to a number of questions, including one at minute 49 about the different tribes at the time of the Mayflower in which Philbrick explained that the term “Wampanoag” was applied after the King Philip War, including to the Pokanoket Tribe of the Massasoit Osamequin. More information is available at the State Library of Massachusetts.

Click here for a 77-minute video of a November 22, 2020 interview of Nathaniel Philbrick by history educator Peter Panchy on the subject of the book, Mayflower..