William Bradford DVD
William Bradford (March 19, 1590-May 9, 1657) was born in Yorkshire, England and was a committed member of the Separatist church. He and his fist wife, Dorothy May, sailed to America with the Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower to escape religious persecution. William Bradford is credited with establishing the first Thanksgiving celebration and is dubbed The Father of Thanksgiving.
Having separated from the King’s Church in England the pilgrims set out on the Mayflower in search of freedom to worship God in peace. When they land at Plymouth to establish a colony, the pilgrims are faced with harsh winter conditions, scarce food and disease. After becoming Governor, William Bradford establishes a feast of thanksgiving to honor God.