“Measured by the standards of men of their time, [the Pilgrims] were the humble of 

  the earth. Measured by later accomplishments, they were

 the mighty. In appearance weak and persecuted they came

  -– rejected, despised –- an insignificant band; in reality

 strong and independent, a mighty host of whom the world

 was not worthy destined to free mankind.“- Calvin Coolidge