William Bradford

William Bradford
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     challenging words:    further, death, original, government, member, establish, prison, judge, settlement, manage, widow, ability, among, arrest, wife, died
     content words:    William Bradford, New World, Mayflower Compact, Alice Carpenter Southworth

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William Bradford
By Mary L. Bushong

1     What do you do for Thanksgiving? Do you eat turkey and stuffing until you can't eat another bite? We know a lot about the first Thanksgiving, because a man named William Bradford was there, and he wrote about it in his journal.
2     William Bradford was born in the Yorkshire area of northern England in 1590. When he was still a small boy, both of his parents died. He grew up being passed from one relative to another. When he was about 12 years old, he discovered a church he liked in the nearby town of Scrooby. By the time William was 17 years old, he was an active member of the church, but things were becoming hard for these churchgoers.
3     They wanted to be free from the Church of England, so they could worship a different way, but the government would not let them. Many people had already been arrested and put in prison, but William and many others left the country to go to the Netherlands. They lived there for 12 years, but with poor jobs and little money, their futures were not very bright. They decided the only way they could really be free was to go to the New World and start a new colony.

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