Sarah Vowell Finds Humor In Puritan History Think the Pilgrims were all straight-laced seriousness and tight buckles? Think again, says author Sarah Vowell. In her new book, The Wordy Shipmates, Vowell explores the lively history of America's ancestors. Just who were those folks living in the "shining city on a hill"?

Sarah Vowell Finds Humor In Puritan History

Sarah Vowell Finds Humor In Puritan History

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Sarah Vowell is an essayist, historian, and public radio regular. Her previous books include Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot. Bennett Miller hide caption

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Think the Pilgrims were all straight-laced seriousness and tight buckles? Think again, says author Sarah Vowell.

In her new book, The Wordy Shipmates, Vowell explores the lively history of America's ancestors. Just who were those folks living in the "shining city on a hill"?

Vowell discusses misconceptions about Puritanism and details what exactly went down in Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The Wordy Shipmates
By Sarah Vowell

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