The myth and the truth of Thanksgiving is discussed here.
So what are the facts of that first Thanksgiving? In fact, the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony in today’s Massachusetts did share a meal with the Wampanoag Indians in the autumn of 1621, but the rest of the details are uncertain. The only documentary evidence of the event comes from the journal of Plymouth Colony’s governor, Edward Winslow, who noted simply that the colonists met with Chief Massasoit and 90 of his men for a feast that lasted four days. No one worried about cholesterol or obesity in 1621!
Though they don’t have much evidence, historians and archaeologists do have an educated hypothesis of what the Pilgrims ate, how they ate, when they ate and what they wore at that first Thanksgiving meal. The historical facts are not at all like the scene usually painted in elementary school.
Sure there are myths associated with any day of celebration but the idea is one to celebrate and so all the best to Americans and anyone else who are putting on two or three more kilogrammes today.
Right, so what is there to actually celebrate? It’s easy to see what there is not to celebrate – Obama hoodwinking America and taking it to near oblivion, the corrupt banksters and the PTB in Washington and New York, the essentially deep divisions in American society.
I repeat – what is there to celebrate?
Well, perhaps you need us, the foreigners who observe you from over here and get caught up in your wash. Without the U.S., we would not have :
1. the hegemony of the English language which beat out the bizarre Esperanto as the world language;
2. a system of power sharing between the three arms and the various states which is the envy of the world, including the Constitution;
3. the friendliness of ordinary Americans in contrast with the evil sods in power;
4. wonderful jazz music and other cultural gifts. It’s easy to look at the tat and say it is low culture but hear Bix and there’s nothing low in that, nor in Armstrong;
5. the golden era of cinema which brought enormous pleasure to millions;
6. the feeling of security where, even if you voted in the worst person you could as president, still America stands as a thorn in the side of totalitarian regimes worldwide. There’s a little matter of 300 million of you and unlike us, you have a sense of national identity.
There are probably many others but that’ll do for now. Have a happy one today.
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