Terror to the Wicked with Tobey Pearl

Journey back to a little-known moment in colonial history that changed the course of America’s future. In Terror to the Wicked, author Tobey Pearl provides a riveting account of a brutal killing, an all-out manhunt, and America’s first murder trial, of a white runaway servant who stabbed a Nipmuc tribesman in Plymouth Colony in 1638. Click here for the one-hour on-line talk.

Set against the backdrop of the Pequot War between the Pequot tribe and the colonists of Massachusetts Bay, this work of history brings to vivid life those caught up in the drama including Roger Williams, founder of Providence, Rhode Island; Myles Standish; Edward Winslow, a former governor of Plymouth Colony; and John Winthrop, governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Ms. Pearl’s revelatory account sheds new light on America’s early history, the end of the two-year war and the peace that allowed the colonies to become a nation

Governor Winthrop (above) and the Plymouth Colony were charged with bringing justice to the murderers of a Nipmuc tribal member (above illustration).

The author explores the first instance in which a jury trial was held in the early Plymouth Colony. In the book, she explores the different world views of the Nipmuc people and the Plymouth colonists.

Click here for a book review in the March 13, 2021 Wall Street Journal.