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Jeffersons Ghost

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Thu Nov 22, 2018, 12:36 PM Nov 2018

Hollywood Lies, in rerun television ARE Autrocities on Native Americans! [View all]

Last edited Thu Nov 22, 2018, 11:39 PM - Edit history (3)

The New York Times
Everything You Learned About Thanksgiving Is Wrong
By Maya Salam
Nov. 21, 2017

Not to rain on our Thanksgiving Day parade, but the story of the first Thanksgiving, as most Americans have been taught it, is not exactly accurate.

High school textbooks are particularly bad about stating absolutes because these materials “teach history” by giving students facts to memorize even when the details may be unclear, said James W. Loewen, a sociologist and the author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.”

The Mayflower did bring the Pilgrims to North America from Plymouth, England, in 1620, and they disembarked at what is now Plymouth, Mass., where they set up a colony. In 1621, they celebrated a successful harvest with a three-day gathering that was attended by members of the Wampanoag tribe. It’s from this that we derive Thanksgiving as we know it.

Most Westerns from movies and television perpetuate a hideously misrepresented myth about actual history of interaction between Native American tribes and European settlers.

On edit: After posting a headline on the OP, which was almost identical to the New York Times headline, I changed it, slightly over 2 hours later (11:45 AM, MTZ) than the original Opening Post was first presented, in General Discussion.
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