The Story of Thanksgiving

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It was only after arriving well-intentioned but uninvited that an invitation to stay was extended. Acting independently, Squanto had developed rogue tendencies in an apparent power struggle with Massasoit. He increasingly undermined the authority of Massasoit and other sachems, eventually driving a fatal wedge between himself and Massasoit and straining the relations between Massasoit and the colony. By the spring of , Massasoit had ended trade between the confederation and the English, and the colony held on desperately to their relationship with Squanto.

In October Squanto died under mysterious conditions. Nataniel Philbrick wrote that although it is difficult to document, he may have been poisoned in an assassination plot masterminded by Massasoit. Within a few months Massasoit had reestablished diplomatic relations with the colony. He would be succeeded by his son Wamsutta, and by his second son, Metacom, known to the English as King Philip, was in charge.

Because of the unrelenting pressure of the English demands for land, relations would deteriorate so severely between the English and the Wampanoags that by , war broke out. Thus, in light of the larger history, the simplistic idea that Thanksgiving proves that the Indians welcomed the Pilgrims can be more accurately seen as a temporary chapter characterized by maximized political self-interest on all sides. Reprinted with Permission from Beacon Press. TAGS: american history , native americans , thanksgiving.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a landless farmer and half-Indian mother. A professor emerita in the department of ethnic studies at California State University, she holds a Ph. Follow her on Twitter: rdunbaro. Follow her on Twitter: DinaGWhit.

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They came up very well, and blossomed, but the sun parched them in the blossom. Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others.

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And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty. They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercising in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion.

All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first but afterward decreased by degrees. And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides they had about a peck of meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.

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Please try again later. Format: Board book Verified Purchase. The thing I like best about this book is that the writing and illustrations are made with young kids in mind. Our schools don't spend a great deal of time teaching the truth behind the Pilgrims' adventure and the first Thanksgiving. It is a story that goes far greater than turkey and cranberry sauce.

And it is a story that the kids not only will enjoy hearing, but through realistic illustrations they can better understand the true impact of the Thanksgiving Story and why it should be such a respected and celebrated fall holiday in America. Many thanks to Harry Truman when Thanksgiving nearlybnyearslater was declared a national holiday in Those who came before us certainly sacrificed that we would have this day to celebrate. And it is through our kids that they will insure that the story and the holiday will continue through future generations. Good book for all families.

One person found this helpful. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. From a factual perspective, this was a great story dealing with some of the facts of thanksgiving, but it is very weak in the heart of the story of why the pilgrims were giving thanks and what they had been through with persecution for their trust in God.

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Alice Dalgliesh did a fine job of describing the pilgrim story through the eyes and to the ears of young children. The art work by Helen Sewell is engaging and distinctive. Sewell also illustrated the Little House on the Prarie and other children's books. My six year old granddaughter enjoyed my reading the book to her.

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Afterwards she read it again for herself. Highly recommended. The illustrations are gorgeous, and great for young children! I love these old fashioned books so much more than modern silly cartoonish illustrations that take the imagination and beauty out of children's literature. Great story to teach your children about the first thanksgiving! This is an excellent "history book" for listeners as young as first grade, maybe even Kindergarten if the child is accustomed to chapter books.

It tells the story of the arrival of the Pilgrims, and the times leading up to the first Thanksgiving.

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