The Surprising True Story of the First Thanksgiving
Sam Ursu

I’m 71, and the story we learned in elementary school did not have the “Pilgrims” magnanimously sharing food with the Indians. The recounting of their suffering in their ill-equipped settlement did have the Indians coming to the rescue with food and information on how to subsist in that place. However, it was “a moment” — the “superior technology” of the invaders rapidly assumed dominance, with the rest of the sorry tale pretty much as you retell it here. Was it a shadow of regret that lay over this myth of our national foundations? A remnant of decency? A very retro-respect for truthfulness? I wonder.

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