William Bradford Quote

“If all were to share alike, and all were to do alike, then all were on an equality throughout, and one was as good as another; and so, if it did not actually abolish those very relations which God himself has set among men, it did at least greatly diminish the mutual respect that is so important should be preserved amongst them. Let none argue that this is due to human failing, rather than to this communistic plan of life in itself....”

~ William Bradford

Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation, 1606-1646.

Ratings and Comments

E Archer, NYC

Yes, the Plymouth Colony was originally organized with communistic ideals. The plan failed miserably, which Bradford documents further in his letters. Once the plan was scrapped, people started managing themselves and prospered as a community more than under the communistic plan.

Mike, Norwalk

An extremely astute observation in the historically eliminated obvious.


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