Yours and Mine: The Lesson of 1623 Viewing Guide Key
- Some people came to Plimoth Plantation for religious reasons. Why did others come? Some people came to build a separate Church and pursue religious freedom, but others came as apprentices to make money.
- Who were the Adventurers? The Merchant Adventures were a group of businessmen who viewed the colony as a means to make a profit. The Pilgrims were supposed to pay back the loan upon their arrival to America.
- Prior to 1623, what was the system used for growing food? Shared planting
- What year did Mrs. Fuller come over? 1623
- Why does the tourist (economist) want to meet the Fullers so badly? The Fullers were the ancestors of the tourists.
- The actress portraying Bridget Fuller says they are at the Plimoth Plantation to “dispel myths, not propagate them.” What does she mean, and what myths can you identify? Bridget Fuller was upset because many people spread the myth that all Pilgrims shared. The Pilgrims were not a bunch of people sitting at a buffet table, passing the stuffing.
- What were the results of property-sharing at the Plimoth Plantation in 1623? Why did this happen? Shared planting was a failure because some people worked harder than others. Bradford was forced to cut food rations in half, leaving people malnourished and hungry.
- Why doesn’t the actor portraying Samuel Fuller want to swap cars with the tourist (economist)? Why does he take such good care of his car? Do you think he would take care of someone else’s car in the same way? The actor does not believe the economist will take great care of his Mustang. He thinks the economist will let it rust or fall apart. Most people take better care of their own automobile or property.
- How did the Pilgrims obtain black pepper for cooking? How did they obtain parsley? Pepper came from England and the Pilgrims grew parsley.
- Who proposed allotting plots of land to individuals and families so that each would be responsible for their own harvest? Governor William Bradford wrote in his diary that he gave each family a parcel of land to grow their own corn and the results were most people soon had plenty of food.
- Is sharing always bad? Explain. No, sharing is good for a family or a person in need, but sharing with strangers often has unintended consequences.
- Why is private property essential to innovation and a better standard of living? People are more industrious and take better care of their own property. The incentive to innovate is usually profit and success.
Critical Thinking Questions
- What myths about the Pilgrims did the program dispel for you?
- Did the Pilgrims wear all black/white clothing? What color clothing did you notice the actors wearing on the Plimoth Plantation?
- Would you buy a smartphone if you had to share it with all of your family and friends? Why or why not?
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