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.
A former journalist, historian Rod Gragg is the author of more than twenty books on a variety of historical topics. His work on the Battle of Gettysburg, Covered with Glory, won the James I. Robertson Award as the best Civil War history of the year, and his most recent work, My Brother’s Keeper: Christians Who Risked All to Protect Jewish Targets of the Holocaust, was named as a finalist for the 2017 Christian Book Award. He is currently director of the CresCom Bank Center for Military & Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University, where he also lectures as an adjunct professor of history. He is a popular speaker at conventions, seminars and other venues throughout the nation.
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.