Yours and Mine: The Lesson of 1623 Viewing Guide

  1. Some people came to Plimoth Plantation for religious reasons. Why did others come?
  2. Who were the Adventurers?
  3. Prior to 1623, what was the system used for growing food?
  4. What year did Mrs. Fuller come over?
  5. Why does the tourist (economist) want to meet the Fullers so badly?
  6. 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?
  7. What were the results of property-sharing at the Plimoth Plantation in 1623? Why did this happen?
  8. 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?
  9. How did the Pilgrims obtain black pepper for cooking? How did they obtain parsley?
  10. Who proposed allotting plots of land to individuals and families so that each would be responsible for their own harvest?
  11. Is sharing always bad? Explain.
  12. Why is private property essential to innovation and a better standard of living?

Critical Thinking Questions

  1. What myths about the Pilgrims did the program dispel for you?
  2. Did the Pilgrims wear all black/white clothing? What color clothing did you notice the actors wearing on the Plimoth Plantation?
  3. Would you buy a smartphone if you had to share it with all of your family and friends? Why or why not?

Plimoth Plantation provides numerous online resources to better understand the history of the Wampanoag People and the Colonial English community in the 1600s.