One Small Candle: The Pilgrims’ First Year in America - Thomas Fleming

One Small Candle: The Pilgrims’ First Year in America

By Thomas Fleming

  • Release Date: 2017-01-11
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
From 59 Ratings


This vivid, deeply moving book begins in London in 1620 as Pilgrim representatives sign a contract to purchase the freighter Mayflower. We accompany them on their harrowing voyage across the Atlantic, through the rigors of the first New England winter and the threat of Indian attack as they desperately search for the home they eventually find at Plymouth. Once there, they must continue the struggle against brutal weather and disease.

With masterly skill, New York Times bestselling historian Thomas Fleming gives us life-size portraits of the Pilgrim leaders. The Pilgrims' unique achievements - the Mayflower Compact, their tolerance of other faiths, the strict separation of church and state - are discussed in the context of the first year's anxieties and crises. Fleming writes admiringly of the younger men who emerged in that year as the real leaders of the colony - William Bradford and Miles Standish. And he provides new insights into the humanity and tolerance of the Pilgrims' spiritual shepherd, Elder William Brewster.

On the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims are already aware that they are the forerunners of a great nation. It is implicit in William Bradford's words, "As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light kindled here has shone unto many. . . ."


  • New look at Plymouth

    By Polamhovey
    It is the little things that make this book interesting. One, the Indians had previously been exposed to the English. Two, the Mayflower was the Pilgrim’s home during that first winter. Three, the passenger list of the Mayflower where half pilgrim and half adventurers. Stephen Hopkins is one of my ancestors
  • A fresh perspective

    This book offers a wonderfully fresh perspective on the "Pilgrims" and what they endured, in their quest for religious freedom. The trials and travails they went through...let's just say, no one today would have that kind of courage, determination, and faith. While I was aware of their early flirtation with a communistic lifestyle, I did not know how much they loved drinking, rejoicing, and bright, colorful clothing. This should be a must-read in schools today. Sam