The Wordy Shipmates
is a 2008 book by Sarah Vowell
that chronicles the 17th and 18th century history of Puritan
colonists in Massachusetts
, United States
. The book delineates a dichotomy between the puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
and those who settled Plymouth, Massachusetts
. The thesis of the work is that the early puritans were bibliophiliac advocates of education, thus being "wordy shipmates."