Honoring the Mayflower Mothers

The newly renovated Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship that sailed from England in 1620, sails back to its berth in Plymouth, Mass., August 10, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
As descendants of the Pilgrims, here’s what my family will be remembering this Thanksgiving.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I saac Allerton was a leading figure in the Plymouth Colony and among the first five signers of what would become known as the Mayflower Compact. He was also my maternal Pilgrim ancestor.

For longer than I can remember, my family’s Thanksgivings have included some remembrance of Allerton. It’s been said that being one of the first five signers of one of America’s earliest covenants in self-governance demonstrated prominent standing in the colony. In other words, Isaac was a big man on the Pilgrim campus.

Yes, 35 million other Americans are descended from someone on the Mayflower, too. But bear with me.

This year,

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Robert S. Eitel is the co-founder and president of the Defense of Freedom Institute, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to defending individual liberty and protecting the civil rights of all Americans. He previously served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Education from 2017 through 2020 and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Education from 2005 until 2009.


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