90 Miles From Tyranny : Here’s Why We Should Still Celebrate the Pilgrims at Thanksgiving

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Thursday, November 23, 2023

Here’s Why We Should Still Celebrate the Pilgrims at Thanksgiving

For most American families, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones, eat delicious food, and perhapswatch some football.

But not everyone is pleased with the celebration of this holiday, and some have taken to maligning its “originators,” the Pilgrims.

An editorial in Al Jazeera labeled Thanksgiving a “thoroughly nauseating affair,” one that is “saturated with disgrace.” Other articles have called the Pilgrims genocidal toward Native Americans, or argued that the original idea of a Thanksgiving feast is a “myth.”

“Debunking” the nature and origin of Thanksgiving seems to be turning into its own cottage industry.

But the Pilgrim Thanksgiving story is based on real events. The small band of religious dissenters who crossed an ocean to a dangerous new world have, rightly, been given special prominence in the origin story of the United States.

A year after the Pilgrims landed in what is now Massachusetts, Gov. William Bradford called for a day of thanksgiving. As historian Rod Gragg noted:

The Pilgrims were not the first Europeans to hold a thanksgiving event in the New World—although they appear to have been the first to do so in New England … It was the Pilgrims of Plymouth, however, who would be credited with establishing America’s distinctive Thanksgiving holiday—thanks to a joyful observance sometime in the autumn of 1621.The Pilgrims gathered for a three-day feast with about 90 local Wampanoag Indians to celebrate a bountiful harvest following a year of toil (over half of the Pilgrims had died since they set out for America in 1620).

Though the food on the menu excluded modern items like pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce, those who gathered for that Thanksgiving likely ate wild turkey, among other foods common in the area like venison and shellfish.

While later conflicts would ensue between the Pilgrims’ descendants and the descendants of the Indians who feasted with them, the initial contact between the cultures was...

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Steve said...

Denigration of a holiday such as this; is "operating procedure" for the progressives intent on destroying America.

Anonymous said...

First they came for the bill of rights, then they came for the statues, now they are coming for the holidays. The intent is America as founded, delenda est.

Anonymous said...

The 'Mayflower Steps' from where the Mayflower sailed are situated in the Barbican, PLYMOUTH, Devon. As are the names of all who sailed on the Mayflower for pastures new. Departing on the 6 September 1620.

I often used to sit along the same steps, as I resided close by.

Bunkerville said...

Thanks for all the work you do... a great blog and appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving.

rick f said...

As they did with China "nothing before Mao" Remove all history and tradition

Mike said...

Not to denigrate the Pilgrims, but it is widely accepted by historians that the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated 56 years before the Pilgrims on
September 8, 1565 by the Spaniard and the Seloy natives in St. Augustine, FL.

Don't have on me, I'm just reporting facts. America didn't even have Thanksgiving until the British brought their custom with them in the 17th century.

Anonymous said...

The injuns didn’t trade the land for some beads,
they believed that no one could own the land,
They just figured, screw these tards,
I’m getting free beads which means imma gonna get laid tonight.
So what the hell..

Did you know that after the injuns “sold” the land to the English they offered to sell them the sky as well ?

“ just 3 beaver pelts and a pouch of tobacco, heap big deal, pale face.”

The English turned them down because the idea of anybody owning the sky was crazy.

Your pal