When the Pilgrims arrived off of the coast of New England, before they landed, they signed a document called the Mayflower Compact. Some have seen this as the foundation of American democracy, while others have argued that it was a temporary arrangement, soon overruled, with little lasting impact. In this tour at the Forefather’s Monument in Plymouth, we discuss the story of compact, what it means, and why it was a landmark event in our country’s history.