Vincent Kartheiser stars in the historical drama ‘Saints And Strangers’ as William Bradford, a real-life passenger on the Mayflower, whose fellow arrivals don't share his reverence for life and religious freedom.
Saints & Strangers is a story that goes beyond the familiar historical account of Thanksgiving, revealing the trials and tribulations of the first settlers at Plymouth: 102 men, women and children who sailed on a chartered ship for a place they had ever seen.
Of this group, half were those we know as “Pilgrims,” religious separatists who abandoned their prior lives for a single cause: religious freedom. The other, the “adventurers,” were motivated by real-world material objectives as opposed to spiritual ideas.
This clash of values created complex inner struggles for the group as they sought to establish new individual identities and a new colony, compounded by a complicated relationship with the Native Americans. The settlers’ willingness to take risks, adapt and persevere despite the odds continues to define the American spirit to this day.
"Saints and Strangers" will air in two parts beginning Sunday, November 22nd on the National Geographic Channel.