A More Accurate Historical Thanksgiving

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  1. isabel
    November 17, 2011

    WOW!!! it really opened my eyes about the real story of thanksgiving.

  2. Dennis (Donovan)
    November 23, 2011

    This is one of the best and succinct essays I have read on the topic of the history of Thanksgiving and the mass murderers often overlooked or covered up. I have shared this link with my more than 2,500 friends on Facebook…many of them are passing this link around also.

  3. LeeAnne
    November 23, 2011

    This should be sent to every school district in the country! I am sure that I am one of VERY few teachers who teach what really happened. Excellent article!

  4. EL Denney
    November 25, 2011

    This story makes me really sad, to know how brutal my forefathers were to the natives. I am sure this was not God’s will and it made Him very sad also.

  5. John Ellis
    November 30, 2011

    I’m SO ashamed of the way the Europeans behaved towards those who were not only here first, but saved them from certain self-destruction. Such un-Christian acts speak volumes of the values they held and the outright contempt they expressed towards the Natives. Surely, some of it stemmed from fear and skirmishes they had with them in earlier encounters, yet the horror described above is no excuse for people of God or those of conscience. I imagine myself traveling back in time to enlighten those fools and to shame them for failing to make allies rather than enemies.

  6. Philip Lightfoot
    November 19, 2012

    As I was reading this article and after awhile I started to realize that my heart was pounding and my hands were nervously starting to shake as I had to reread several lines in such horrified shock just trying to make sense of all the ignorance and utter destruction that was perpetrated by those so called self righteous Puritans, English and Dutch etc. sorry excuses of humanity and to think that for the last few hundred years the truth and history has been rewritten to make everyone to believe otherwise. I was a Combat Medic in VietNam and since then there has been very little that ever rattles me or has gotten me this rattled or energized not even horror films, but this…….. Damn! I will forward this article of truth onto my family and friends and post this on my facebook for all to see.

  7. Stephan
    November 22, 2012

    My comment relates only to the original thanksgiving. I grew up outside of Boston and my understanding of how the first thanksgiving was basically lines up with this description. At least in the sense that we knew that it was the native people who taught the Pilgrims to survive.

  8. rwirt
    November 2, 2013

    I am a mother who has decided to home educate my children. While many factors helped me decide to do this, one key factor, was how inaccurately ALL of our nations history is presented in public schools ( it’s usually the ‘sugar coated’ or ‘pretty’ picture being painted, rather than the true picture. sadly this often has directly to do with early Americans treatment of the indigenous people of this continent.) the only reason I know any accurate history is because my own mother taught me to seek out factual and true accounts of events, which were in direct conflict to what I was being taught at school. I was very disappointed when my public school kindergartener came home (last year) during November with a feathered headband and told me all about the pilgrims and indians. While it wasn’t as blatantly false as what I was taught in school, it was far away from being accurate. I have visited several sites to try to find age appropriate and factual resources for my 1st grader and preschooler. Unfortunately even tiny details such as the Wampanoag dress are inaccurate so why would I trust those sources with the bigger events. Can anyone direct me to a site that presents accurate age appropriate information, crafts, projects, suggested writing? I do not want to disrespect any culture, past or present. Thank you.

  9. Eileen
    November 27, 2013

    Rwirt, as a Lakota and a fellow homeschool mom, might I direct you to the Keepers of the Earth series by Michael Caduto. I also used a wonderful text called Rerhinking Columbus which focused on the obvious lies and departure from realty we’ve all been sold, especially outside the native community. Blessings to you for bringing the real story of this country to your children. You are giving them a gift of critical thinking and truth-telling that will prepare them for an intelligent life.

  10. John
    November 27, 2013

    I was taught in school as I grew up many of the things in this article, but not the totally grim details. Much of what I learned wasn’t sugar coated. The treatment of aboriginal peoples in our country has been shoddy and many times very cruel. My hope for humanity is things like this don’t happen in the future and all peoples fortunes grow brighter.

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