What was life like for the Pilgrims? What motivated their departure from England? How did they view the Native Americans? Was religion paramount in their everyday activities? On this Thanksgiving Day broadcast, our guest will quote from memoirs, letters, and personal accounts---some never published before---to give us a look into the world of those who celebrated the first Thanksgiving in America.
Trying to escape persecution for their religion in the Old World, the Pilgrims crossed the ocean in a quest to find true religious freedom in a new world. Journey with an award-winning historian as he chronicles their anguishing journey filled with heroic strength, struggle and inspiration.
Rodd Gragg is the Director of the United Bank Centerfor Military and Veteran Studies at Coastal Carolina University. He is a military historian and the author of more than 20 books on historical topics. Gragg's work on the Battle of Gettysburg, Covered With Glory, won the James I. Robertson Award as the best Civil War book of the year, and his history of the Battle of Fort Fisher, Confederate Goliath, earned the Fletcher Pratt Award for Civil War History from the New York City Civil War Round Table. He is a former scholarship recipient of the U.S. Army Military History Institute, has served as an adjunct professor of history and ROTC history instructor at Coastal Carolina University, and is the host and producer of “Military Memoirs,” a regional television program featuring oral history interviews with American veterans.
Dr. Peter A. Lillback is president and professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary located in Philadelphia. Dr. Lillback also serves as the President of The Providence Forum, the non-profit organization that is committed to preserving and promoting America’s spiritual roots of religious and civil liberties. He is the author of several books including: A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes(Co-editor with David Hall), Wall of Misconception, and George Washington’s Sacred Fire among others. Dr. Lillback has written numerous articles and is a frequent lecturer on many world-view issues.