The Mayflower Compact is a seminal work in US history. It laid the foundations needed for a democratic country to exist by establishing the precedent that those who govern need the consent of the governed, and that government is for the people and by the people. This contract was needed since the passengers of the Mayflower were both Pilgrim and “Stranger”, (the Pilgrim term for non-Pilgrims), and they needed laws to live under since they did not arrive in Jamestown as the voyagers initially intended.
In this lesson, students will come to these realizations by analyzing the Mayflower Compact, viewing the travel route of the Pilgrims, and seeing data on the Mayflower’s crew compliment that made laws necessary. Teacher notes and an answer key are provided.
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