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No matter how many times I hear the different stories out there that have to do with Thanksgiving it is still a bit confusing for me only because I feel that no one really knows the truth about Thanksgiving In the mean time I will write what I know not what I feel Each year at this time school children all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story and newspapers radio TV and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it It is all very colorful and fascinating It is also very deceiving This official story is nothing like what really happened Or is it It is a fairy tale a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgivings real meaning The official story has the pilgrims boarding the Mayflower coming to America and establishing the Plymouth colony in the winter of 1620-21 This first winter is hard and half the colonists die But the survivors are hard working and tenacious and they learn new farming techniques from the Indians The harvest of 1621 is bountiful The Pilgrims hold a celebration and give thanks to God They are grateful for the wonderful new abundant land he has given them The official story then has the Pilgrims living more or less happily ever after each year repeating the first Thanksgiving Other early colonies also have hard times at first but they soon prosper and adopt the annual tradition of giving thanks for this prosperous new land called America The problem with this official story is that the harvest of 1621 was not bountiful nor were the colonists hardworking or tenacious 1621 was a famine year and many of the colonists were lazy thieves In the History of Plymouth Plantation the governor of the colony William Bradford reported that the colonists went hungry for tears because they refused to work in the fields They preferred instead to steal food He
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