The First Fifty Years: The United States' Forgotten Origin Story
Maryland Mayflower Society – Compact Day Dinner
November 22, 2015
Connie Baxter Marlow and Andrew Cameron Bailey present discoveries and conclusions drawn from many years of research into the fifty-four years of peace and friendship between the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Pokanoket Wampanoag Indians in Plymouth Colony between 1621 and 1675. Their work also addresses the turbulent history of native New England before the Mayflower.
An extraordinary exception to the human condition unfolded when the visionary leaders of two radically different cultures met and worked together to maintain an inter-cultural exchange that became what Bailey and Marlow call the "First Great Synthesis” between Europeans and American Indians. This melding gave birth to American democracy and to the American mind and spirit. The "Second Great Synthesis” occurred when aspects of The Great Law of the Iroquois were integrated into the United States Constitution in 1787. Bailey and Marlow foresee a third synthesis in the near future, as our disparate cultures come together again to realize the great promise America made to the world in its freedom documents: The Mayflower Compact, The Declaration of Independence and The U.S. Constitution.
The inspiring origin story of the United States has been shrouded in misinformation and misconception since the beginning. First it glorified the Pilgrim and ignored the Indian. Now it demonizes the Pilgrim in an effort to honor the Indian. Bailey and Marlow bring the story into balance through a perspective on the common vision for humanity shared by the Pilgrims and the Indians they lived amongst: a vision based upon the right to act according to one’s conscience in a self-governing democracy.
Bailey, a researcher of native New England before the Mayflower, will reveal paradigm-changing discoveries which lay the foundation for a shift from the blame, shame, anger and guilt that currently grip the American psyche and stand in the way of America achieving its full potential.
Connie Baxter Marlow is a descendant of Mayflower Pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, and of Thomas Welles, the first governor of Connecticut Colony. She is a member of the Connecticut Mayflower Society. Her great-grandfather Asa Palmer French was acting-Governor and Deputy Governor of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and General Counsel for the Society for many years. Her great-great-grandfather James Phinney Baxter, a pre-eminent historian of early New England, was President of the New England Historical Genealogical Society for 20 years. When Baxter died in 1921 he left money to the City of Boston to build a “New England Pantheon” to honor “the early settlers of New England whose principles and ideals were the seed of free government.” The Pantheon was never built. The Trust was broken, and the money has recently been committed to the Boston Public Library, which has invited Marlow and Bailey to present their latest work at the library's new auditorium in the fall of 2016, to inaugurate the library's Baxter Lecture Series. Connie brings a unique perspective to her ancestors’ dreams for humanity, in that she has spent 30 years in close association with visionary Native American elders throughout the United States and Mexico, and has been creating forums for them to share their understanding of the nature of the Universe for over 20 years.
Andrew Cameron Bailey calls himself a "latter-day pilgrim." He sailed across the Atlantic and arrived in America on Thanksgiving Day, 1969. He was born in England and grew up in South Africa amongst the Zulus, holds degrees in science, English and social anthropology, and was a chemistry professor before emigrating to the United States. After meeting Connie in 2003 he became disturbed at the level of mis-information in the American psyche surrounding the settling of New England, and the ongoing deprecation and denigration of the Pilgrims and the Puritans in present-day America. Andrew is currently completing a 21st Century novel/screenplay with the working title “The Mayflower Revelations" that sets the historical record straight in an entertaining, enlightening and inspiring way. He is preparing to publish a well-researched magazine article on his theory concerning the pandemic that decimated the New England indigenous population between the years 1616 and 1618, a few short years before the Mayflower arrived at Cape Cod.
Andrew Cameron Bailey and Connie Baxter Marlow are authors, filmmakers and futurists who share an uplifting vision of the future of humanity. Their book “THE TRUST FREQUENCY: Ten Assumptions for a New Paradigm” and film “IN SEARCH OF THE FUTURE: What do the Wise Ones Know?” bring together indigenous cosmology, quantum science and Eastern and Western mysticism to present tools for living in alignment with the true American dream: liberty, justice and abundance for all. They have produced a 5-part film series “THE AMERICAN EVOLUTION: Voices of America” which features Henry David Thoreau, a Thoreau Scholar, Penobscot Tribal Elders, a Muslim Imam, Mt. Katahdin and others. They present yearly at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord, Massachusetts, and at numerous other venues around the country.
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